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The Illinois State Treasurer's Office didn't take the day off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Treasure Michael Frerichs said his office attended events focusing on one of Dr. King's dreams, ridding the country of lead. Frerichs said last century there was a push to get lead into the country through paint, pipes, and gas, but since then, lead has been known to cause mental issues, especially in making people more violent, and the state is tying to make it apparent to the people of Illinois.

Frerichs said a quarter of the country's leap pipes are in Illinois, but haven't been able to be found. Frerichs said he believes they are within the cities, in areas that have lower income, and science, to an extent shows the effects it has on the people there.

State Treasurer Frerichs appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 

 
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