Vote for a Greener Water Reclamation Board!

Cook County's Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is one of the largest waste treatment and flood prevention agencies in the world. Overseen by an elected Board of Commissioners, this taxpayer-funded agency is also one of Cook County's largest governmental bodies, with over 2,000 employees and an annual operating budget of well over a billion dollars.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, or MWRD, is responsible for:

  • Flood prevention and abatement in Cook County
  • Wastewater and sewage treatment for most of Cook County (a handful of suburban municipalities have their own sewer authority)
  • Water quality testing in the Chicago Area Waterway System, which covers 76 miles of navigable waterways all across Cook County

For more than 20 years, all Commissioners elected to the Board have been Democrats. The Green Party is running a full slate of five candidates in 2018 on a unified platform that prioritizes flood-preventing infrastructure, independent oversight of the agency's massive budget, and governmental reforms to end the entrenched culture of pay-to-play, cronyism, and nepotism.

Vote Green Party candidates for clean water, clean soil, and clean government!

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    We've been opposed at every step by Chicago's corrupt system -- the same system that elected Greens would work hard to reform. 

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    • Sunday, May 27th, 2:00pm - Neighborhood canvass in Rogers Park! This will be a door-to-door day of talking with the candidate's neighbors, meaning very friendly turf. We will be asking for signatures as well as passing out literature.

    • Monday, May 28th, 8:30am - Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade petitioning! (Right off the Metra stop, or let us know if you need a lift out there from the city.)

    • Monday, May 28th, 8:30am - River Forest Memorial Day Parade petitioning! (Meet at Constitution Park in River Forest.)

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    Please RSVP at the linked event pages, or email to let us know you're coming! An accurate count helps us prepare the right amount of materials.

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