First, I hope you will join me to celebrate the continuing revival of the Chicago River at my 2019 Summer Solstice event.
Looking back, 2018 was one of the most eventful, difficult, taxing and exciting years in my time on the Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. In November I was elected to a third term, coming in first place in a field of eight with more than a million votes.
(Thank you people of Cook County!)
In December, the Board appointed a new executive director, Brian Perkovich, saw three new members sworn in to the nine-member board (Welcome Cam Davis, Kimberly Du Buclet and Marcelino Garcia!), and adopted a $1B+ balanced budget for 2019.
But I’m not done yet!
Fifty years ago, in December 1968, biologist Garrett Hardin published a trenchant essay called “Tragedy of the Commons” in Science magazine. See my comments shared at my installation ceremony.
Each year I produce an annual report describing my work at the District.
My 2018 report is here.