December 4, 2018

2018 Installation Remarks

Good afternoon distinguished guests, fellow commissioners, friends. We are honored to have you join us to witness this installation ceremony. I want to acknowledge and thank a few very special people – my spouse, Kathleen Gillespie, without whose love and steadfast support I would not be standing before you today; my son Ben Smith, who traveled from Seattle to be with us; my sister Wendy and her husband BJ from Dallas; my brother Andrew and his partner Sam from California; my sister and brothers-in law, Patti and Dave Rinard, Irv and Casey Gillespie from Grand Rapids, my cousins Steve and Helen from Ann Arbor.
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February 6, 2018

The Finish Line is in Sight: Two last events coming up for my re-election campaign

In my time on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board, I have advocated for projects, such as the disinfection of treated wastewater, that have measurably improved water quality in the Chicago area waterways, and for the expansion of safe, secure collection sites for people to dispose of unused or expired medications so they don’t flush them down the toilet.
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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 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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