Crestwood Residents Mad Over Contaminated Well Settlement

CRESTWOOD, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) — Crestwood residents, many of whom who were part of a class action lawsuit over allegations of contaminated water, are set to receive settlement checks.

But as WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, some aren’t happy with the dollar figure.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

A settlement check is based on the number of years a Crestwood resident, who signed onto the class action lawsuit, drank the contaminated water despite warnings from the EPA to avoid doing so.

One man, who has been a resident since 1972, received a check totaling $453, according to the SouthtownStar. He is angry, he says, as are others, because the village settled for a $500,000, and some believe they’ve been shortchanged.

The settlement allows for residents to receive a 20 percent compensation and for businesses to receive 10 percent.

In addition the village has agreed to freeze all sewer, garbage and vehicle sticker fees for two years.

For years, Crestwood supplied villagers with water from a well tainted with carcinogenic vinyl chloride, according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

The Village of Crestwood in 1986 learned from the state EPA that the water in this community well was the source of that contamination. But it wasn’t shut off until 2007.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued the village in 2009 over the contamination. Many in Crestwood believed the water made them sick or led to their loved ones’ deaths.

  • dismayed

    thats what happens when you trust greedy people,,duh

  • Brad

    Not a suprise. In class action lawsuits, the lawyers walk away with a ton of cash the the people being represented usually get a coupon. That’s the problem with class action suits.

  • Jacqueline Shepard

    I didn’t receive any paperwork for this lawsuit and I’ve been here over 20 years. How do I get my check and who decided $500,000. was enough of a settlement? Please let me know by e-mail. Thank you.

  • Brad

    In addition you’re just taking money from yourself and your fellow property tax payers. What should of happened is somebody should have gone to jail instead of handing out stimulus checks.

  • stan

    That’s BS, I lived in crestwood untill ’06 and I have been sick ever sence. I don’t even get a check from this, If I did, it wouldn’t be enough for the pain I have been through!!!

  • Rod Smith

    we received a letter in the mail back in september or october about the settlement and this was the only option. if we opted out we could not file our own suits per the letter. we also had to prove how much we paid in water bills in order to receive payment. no copy of cancelled check? no payment. the only good thing is the lawyers fees came out of the $500,000 as well.

  • Gas man

    Can anybody explain how the water was tainted?

    Resiidents of c crestwood, this is your 15 minutes to let the public know Why?

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