Why should all Peorians care about this, no matter where we live?

We all share responsibility for the health of the river and the health of the community. Peoria is here because of the Illinois River. As a community, we need to protect it and stop dumping raw sewage into it. Also, it's important to remember that when the City first built newer neighborhoods, people in older neighborhoods helped pay for some of the new infrastructures. Now it is time to bring the old sewers up to 21st-century standards, and the entire community shares in that responsibility. Also, many of our newer neighborhoods that have separated sewers discharge sewage into the combined sewers as part of the sewage's path to the treatment plant. Therefore, these separate sewers are also contributing to the combined sewer overflow problem.

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1. Why does raw sewage overflow into the Illinois River during wet weather?
2. Why were our sewers built this way?
3. What are the harmful effects?
4. Has Peoria done anything in the past to reduce overflows?
5. Why do we have to do even more?
6. How are we proposing to reduce overflows now?
7. When will a decision be made whether we can move forward?
8. How will we pay for it?
9. What happens if we don't fix the problem?
10. Why should all Peorians care about this, no matter where we live?