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.

McCook Reservoir Opens, seeks to alleviate flooding

McCook Reservoir Opens, seeks to alleviate flooding

Basement and street flooding from heavy rain in Chicago and 36 suburbs could be reduced thanks to the McCook Reservoir, which dignitaries dedicated on Monday.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the big hole, which could provide relief from Bedford Park to Wilmette.

The 285-feet deep McCook Quarry now will become a reservoir for floodwater and is the latest addition to the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP). The massive flood and pollution relief effort was started over four decades ago by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD).

Preckwinkle, Other Officials Jump in Chicago River

Preckwinkle, Other Officials Jump in Chicago River

Preckwinkle joined more than a dozen others who jumped into the river at Ping Tom Park in Chinatown to prove the river is safe for people with normal immune systems. Preckwinkle said the event is “a long overdue effort to help cleanup the river.”

The “Big Jump,” hosted by Friends of the Chicago River, was intended to highlight the steps taken to improve the river’s water quality.

水質讚 官員民代華埠跳河證明

水質讚 官員民代華埠跳河證明

不受大部分民眾認可的芝加哥河,到底乾不乾淨?包括伊利諾州國會眾議員夏考斯基(Jan Schakowsky)、麥克逵利(Mike Quigley)及州眾議員馬靜儀、庫克郡郡長普瑞科溫可(Toni Preckwinkle)、芝加哥市區長蘇禮仕等10多名官員、民代,16日上午從華埠譚繼平公園齊跳下河,藉此證明河水品質大幅改善,「下河游泳」夢想指日可待。

Preckwinkle, Other Officials to Jump in Chicago River on Saturday

Preckwinkle, Other Officials to Jump in Chicago River on Saturday

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and about a dozen other elected officials will jump into the weekend, literally, by taking a plunge Saturday morning into the Chicago River.

The high-profile antics are as part of a fundraiser aimed at boosting efforts to improve the quality of the river’s water, which many Chicago residents, familiar with the river’s reputation, have made a habit of avoiding.