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Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

CHICAGO (AP) _ Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation aimed at protecting water supplies.

One three bills Quinn signed Sunday creates the Urban Flooding Awareness Act. The new law forms a working group to evaluate research urban flooding policies. The group’s report will be due in 2015.

Another law Quinn signed lets law enforcement agencies collect pharmaceuticals and other controlled substances and transport them to sites approved by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Often times those substances are flushed down the toilet and threaten water supplies.

Also Sunday, Chicago’s Department of Water Management confirmed Chicago water is safe to drink. City officials tested water supplies over the weekend after Ohio officials conducted tests revealing the presence of a toxin possibly from algae on Lake Erie.