We are water rich. But we shouldn’t be water spoiled

Water reuse is not just about saving water, saving the Great Lakes and saving our planet. It is also about building a more sustainable state, rebuilding the region’s infrastructure, supporting innovation, saving consumers and companies money, and creating a new pipeline of green jobs.

Chicago is uniquely positioned to be a national leader on water reuse. Chicago is home to two international airports. From airplane washing and de-icing, to water cooling and runway maintenance, plus the thousands of gallons of water flushed and consumed by their 85 million passengers, our airports could save billions of gallons of water a year

Relegate the 'O' Word to the Dustbin of Chicago History

The marquee Oriental Theatre sign is being taken down, helping make the “O” word just a piece of Chicago history. And last week newly elected state Sen. Ram Villivalam and state Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz introduced legislation to ban the term from all state documents, as the federal government under President Barack Obama and other states already have done … Now we should all do our part to put this term in the past — beyond our buildings. While it will continue to get used to refer to antique objects (like rugs), please stop using it to refer to people.

We are Asian American.

People Behind the Plans Podcast Series Episode 18: Commissioner Josina Morita

The Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the world's supply of surface freshwater. When urban planner Josina Morita moved from California, where a mentality of scarcity around water dominates, to Chicago, where the opposite is true, it got her thinking: How can we be good stewards of the Great Lakes, one of our most precious natural resources? How can we keep ourselves accountable to the rest of the country and the world? Josina now serves as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), which manages stormwater and sewer water for Cook County, Illinois. 

Elected Officials, Advocates Make 'Big Jump' Into Chicago River

Chicago officials took a “Big Jump”—literally, at the Saturday event designed to highlight improvements made upon the Chicago River’s water quality.

Community advocates and elected officials such as Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and Congresswoman Robin Kelly, made an appearance at Ping Tom Memorial Park.

Commissioner Morita honored with the Judge Laura C. Liu Trailblazer Award

More than 300 people gathered in Chicago’s James R. Thompson Center May 15, to celebrate the 18th annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, hosted this year by the Illinois Secretary of State Asian American Advisory Council. 

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrated through May, pays tribute to the contributions generations of Asian Pacific Americans have made to American history, society and culture.

Commissioner Josina Morita with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, was honored with the Judge Laura C. Liu Trailblazer Award. Bala Ghimire was honored with the Appreciation Award. Austin Prabhu received the Humanitarian Excellence Award. Stephanie Chan Vo was honored with the Volunteer Achievement Award. Rebecca Yemin Shi received the Community Leadership Award.

Time For A Watchdog At Metropolitan Water District

Time For A Watchdog At Metropolitan Water District

The BGA has been saying for years that an agency with more than 2,000 employees and a $1.2 billion budget—more than many cities and towns in Illinois—needs an internal watchdog. The board followed up by adding a $600,000 IG line to its 2018 budget, which is a good start, and all four Democrats running for three open board seats in the upcoming primary support an inspector general, according to their Chicago Tribune questionnaire responses.

Chinese American Service League receives resolution from MWRD and Commissioner Morita

Chinese American Service League receives resolution from MWRD and Commissioner Morita

By responding to the needs of the Chicago’s Chinese American residents, the Chinese American Service League (CASL) gained a positive reputation for helping families within Chinatown and forming partnerships within the city and beyond.

Two longtime leaders of CASL, President Bernarda “Bernie” Wong and Executive Director Esther Wong, have retired after working nearly 40 years with the agency they created.