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Before the close of the Nov. 28 village council meeting, Mayor Anthony Calderone wrapped things up by informing the public and the board that, as part of Chicago’s 2012 budget, the village would be paying 25 percent more for water from Lake Michigan.

Calderone said that a group of mayors from several surrounding municipalities recently met to discuss the matter, and he noted that “collective litigation” was possible.

Next month, the village will be introducing an ordinance to increase the rate it charges its residents, Calderone said. The village has to do so, he explained, because it does not have enough revenue, right now, to pay the higher water rate.