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.

Due to a vacancy created after the normal filing period, one of the seats on the Board of Commissioners will be on Cook County primary ballots in March as a write-in-only election. At least 1,720 Cook County voters must cast their write-in vote on a Green Party ballot to qualify for the party for this seat! For more information on how to help, please see our "How to Vote" page.

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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    Where's all that money going? Turns out, about 60% of all contracts approved by the Board of Commissioners of the MWRD went to their own campaign donors.

    You read that right: a handful of private companies give major campaign donations to keep the incumbent Commissioners (all Democrats) elected, and in return, the Board approves hundreds of millions of dollars of contracts for those same companies. 

    Is there any return on that taxpayer investment? Not much—the Chicago Tribune found that, on average, the MWRD was discharging raw sewage into the waterways every six days. In 2017, there were nearly 2000 separate raw sewage dumps throughout Cook County. For a billion bucks a year, that's pretty poor performance.

    It stinks—but voters can take action on March 20th!

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