Debra Shore

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April 18, 2016

What’s Next for MWRD

Debra Shore notes that the sewage plants of the past will become the power centers of the future. After nine years on the Board of Comissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Shore details the organization’s past and its future plans.
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April 14, 2015

Fighting flooding: Program educates about options in age of severe weather

Not many projections in life rank as certain as death and taxes, but future flooding in and around Skokie is awfully close. There is only so much capacity in any stormwater management system, and with an increase in the number of heavy rainstorms, as well as their severity in recent years, flooding is not likely to disappear any time soon.
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November 13, 2014

Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame honors new inductees

LGBT community members and their supporters gathered at the Chicago History Museum Nov. 12 for the induction of the 2014 members of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. Fifteen individuals and two organizations were inducted into the Hall of Fame, which is the country’s only government–sponsored hall of game honoring the LGBT community.
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September 18, 2014

A new Plan of Chicago: 12 ways to heal a city

Ask Chicagoans how to fix their city and you’ll hear powerful ideas to rescue flailing schools, cut violent crime, create attractive jobs and help families thrive. We know this. We asked. Last October, we launched our Plan of Chicago project to fill in blanks left by famed civic architect Daniel Burnham’s 1909 plan. His blueprint to build Chicago set in motion a century of astonishing growth and prosperity. But he didn’t deliver his follow–up plan to fix this city’s grave social problems.
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December 4, 2012

Debra Shore Installed for her Second 6-year Term

Debra Shore was sworn in as Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Commissioner for another 6 years at the annual meeting and installation ceremony on December 4, 2012. During the ceremony Shore gave remarks about her vision for the future of the region saying, “I believe that the Chicago region is poised to become Nature’s Metropolis for the 21st century and if it does, it will be because of ecology and economy combined, those intersecting geographies of nature and capital. This agency has a vital role to play.”
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October 11, 2012 — Deerfield Patch

MWRD Commissioner Debra Shore helps unveil “greenest street in America”

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Commissioner Debra Shore, Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein, Streetscape and Sustainable Design Program Director Janet Attarian, 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis, Federal Highway Administration Ecologist Kevin Moody and Benito Juarez Community Academy principal Juan Carlos Ocon unveiled the “greenest street in America,” a two-mile stretch of Blue Island Avenue and Cermak Road in the Pilsen neighborhood on Tuesday.
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March 14, 2012 — Windy City Times

Debra Shore on climate change and her campaign elections ’12

Like many local LGBT politicians, Debra Shore is well known in the city’s gay community. However, ask those who know Shore what her job entails as a commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), and you’re likely to get a blank stare.
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March 2, 2012 — Chicago Tribune

No tax hike needed to clean up Chicago River, water agency says

Making stretches of the Chicago River and other local waterways safer for recreation won’t require a tax increase and will cost dramatically less than officials ominously predicted less than a year ago, according to documents filed Thursday by the agency that handles Cook County’s sewage and stormwater.
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March 2, 2012 — Chicago Tribune

For MWRD: Shore, Steele and Thompson

Flooding basements. Clean tap water. Deep Tunnel reservoirs. Sewage disinfection. Asian carp. Whew. Environmental issues involving water quality, drainage and commerce are important to any metropolis — especially one built atop once-swampy lowlands.
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February 16, 2012 — Chicago Sun-Times

Six Democrats float names for Water District

There is no shortage of candidates in this year’s Democratic primary who say they want to help keep the Chicago region’s water clean and out of your basement. Six are vying for three spots on the Democratic ballot for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
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January 25, 2012 — Windy City Times

Debra Shore Holds Fundraiser

Eric Nelson and his husband, Jess Jose, hosted a fundraising brunch at their home for openly lesbian Metropolitan Reclamation Water District (MRWD) candidate Debra Shore Jan. 22. About 15 people attended the event to hear Shore’s latest campaign news.
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January 05, 2012 — Chicago Tribune

Police Department Closer to City Gun Range

Shore votes against gun range in sensitive ecological setting.
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January 05, 2012 — Crain’s Chicago Business

Water District Keeping Longtime D.C. Lobbyist but Price is Dropping

Shore Leads Charge to Save Taxpayer Money
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November 26, 2011 — The Economist

Reflected Glory

“The Windy City will, at last, clean up its filthy river”
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September 27, 2011 — Windy City Times

Shore Holds Reelection Fundraiser

"There is no better person with the knowledge, passion and desire to serve than Debra."
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September 14, 2011 — Windy City Times

LGBT Chicagoans, Victory Fund Set Sights on Elections

With political campaigns gearing up across the country, the Gay and Lesbian Victory rolled into Chicago to talk LGBT politics. "We need to be west of Halsted and be seen as that. We live in lots of districts and need to become more active in being well-known all over the city, the country and state."
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September 14, 2011 — Windy City Times

DNC’s LGBT Caucus Meets in Chicago

LGBT Caucus

The Democratic National Committee’s LGBT Caucus met in Chicago for its fall meeting. DNC official Brian Bond said: "I can’t think of anything more important we have on our plates right now than getting [Obama] elected; we cannot afford to go backwards…This president and his administration are truly making our lives better as human beings and LGBT Americans."
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June 29, 2011 — Windy City Times

Debra Shore Launches Re-election Campaign

Re-election campaign

On a stormy evening Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Commissioner Debra Shore hosted a fundraiser to announce her re-election campaign. "Six years ago…I began an improbable journey. ... I decided to run. .. but was not well-known in Cook County. ... However, six years ago I came in first in a field of nine in the democratic primary ... and I am very proud you are joining me here tonight as I announce my campaign for re-election," Shore said.
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October 27, 2005 — Chicago Reader

Running on Water

Candidates for commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District usually don’t have Web sites, don’t march in the Gay Pride Parade…The board of commissioners is typically filled by Democratic organization veterans and longtime district employees, and campaigning typically means buttering up the committeemen who do the slating, passing out yard signs, and hoping your name comes first on the ballot. But Debra Shore isn’t typical.
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