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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 12, 2012

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 12, 2012

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

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

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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