Crestwood officials go on trial in tainted water case
A jury trial begins today for two former village officials of South Suburban Crestwood.  

They're accused of lying to environmental regulators about the village using water from a polluted well for more than two decades to supplement its drinking water supply.

Theresa Neubauer, the village's police chief and former water department supervisor, and Frank Scaccia, its former certified water operator are charged with falsifying government documents.

They  allegedly told residents and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency that the village was using only Lake Michigan water after 1985. That’s when it discovered that a village well had been tainted by vinyl chloride, a known carcinogen.

A 2010 study by the Illinois Department of Public Health found that cancer rates in Crestwood are "significantly elevated" and that toxic chemicals in the village's drinking water could have contributed, but researchers could not make a definitive link.

Prosecutors say village officials were unwilling to spend money to fix leaky water pipes, and continued to draw water from contaminated wells.