Time to clean the Water Reclamation District’s political filter
By Ray Hanania — For far too long, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Great Chicago has been a reservoir for retired, do-nothing government officials who were rewarded with spots on the board in return for their party loyalties.
Or, it has been a place where ambitious candidates with political clout have tried to launch their power dynasties.
The fact is the MWRD-GC board is unaccountable and a cesspool of wasted taxpayer dollars.
It is a do-nothing board that has spent most of its time spending money lavishly on itself and its members. They have huge salaries yet their impact on our lives has been so un-impactful.
Their primary responsibility is the management of flood water and they do a very poor job of doing that. But they do a great job of blaming everyone else.
The do-nothing chairman of the board Terrence O’Brien spent money on himself like there was no tomorrow, buying very expensive lunches and having a blast. He’s retiring after trying to turn the retirement home into a stepping stone to higher office.