(Chicago, IL) — December 17, 2009. The Illinois Sierra Club today announced its endorsement of three candidates in the February 2nd Democratic Primary for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago–Todd Connor, Mariyana Spyropoulos, and Kari Steele.
Sierra Club also has endorsed Nadine Bopp in the Green Party Primary.
“The safety and quality of our water supply will be on the ballot on February 2nd, and these are three candidates voters can trust to safeguard our Chicago River and Lake Michigan,” said Jack Darin, Director of the Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter.
The nine-member Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Board of Commissioners (MWRD), with annual $1.6 billion budget, provides wastewater treatment services for homes and businesses in the City of Chicago and Cook County. However, the MWRD has resisted calls to install “disinfection” equipment on its plants that discharge to the Chicago River system.
“Todd Connor knows that MWRD can be doing more to protect the health of everyone using the Chicago River system, and he supports swift action to disinfect MWRD’s wastewater discharges into the waters people are using for many forms of recreation,” said Darin.
“As an MWRD Commissioner, Mariyana Spyropoulos puts the public’s interest in clean water first,” said Darin.
Spyrpoulos, appointed to the MRWD board in August by Governor Pat Quinn to fill a board vacancy, has been slated by the Cook County Democratic Party Regular Organization.
“Kari Steele is a chemist and committed environmentalist, and she would bring needed scientific expertise to the MWRD Board of Commissioners,” said Darin.
“For Green Party voters, we are proud to recommend Nadine Bopp as a longstanding environmentalist who has bright ideas for the future of the MWRD, and as someone who will always put our water first,” said Darin.
Voter for these candidates or go soak your head.