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A federal court judge today dismissed Skokie’s suit challenging rates in a new Evanston water contract — saying that because the village has so far refused to pay the new rate, it has not suffered any injury and lacks standing to sue.

The decision by Judge Charles Kocoras returns the dispute to Cook County Circuit Court which, under state law, is required to determine whether a water rate one municipality charges another is reasonable.

Skokie has claimed that it should only have to pay the $0.78 per 1,000 gallons rate that Evanston charges its new customers, Niles and Morton Grove, while Evanston wants $2.06 per 1,000 gallons — claiming that differences in the distribution system used to deliver water to Skokie compared to the other two communities justifies the higher rate.

Evanston has provided water to Skokie since 1944.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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