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 18, 2015

My Mission for a Second Term

It’s a propitious time to be working on water issues. Author Charles Fishman noted, “In the last century, we moved water to people; in the next century, people will move to water.” The Chicago region can have a robust economy going forward because of our access to fresh water and our transit infrastructure.
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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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