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After heavy storms, the Chicago River’s North Branch floods hundreds of homes on the Northwest Side. The Chicago Department of Transportation is now constructing a permanent flood-fighting weapon. We take a look.

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A grand canyon that will become a deep lake: We get a tour of the final reservoir in the Deep Tunnel plan. 

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George Milkowski

“This government entity, with a billion dollar plus per-year budget, needs to use its resources in a more effective manner to get the most ‘bang’ for our tax dollar investment.” Learn more about this candidate.

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Mariyana Spyropoulos

“Nothing could be more important than protecting our natural resources for future generations.” Learn more about this candidate.

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Barbara McGowan

“I have served the citizens of Cook County the only way I know how: with honesty, fairness, and distinction.” Learn more about this candidate.

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Christopher Anthony

“Not too many are familiar with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District budget, but they have a billion dollar-plus budget. And you have to ask if our tax dollars being spent wisely.” Learn more about this candidate.

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Karen Roothaan

“A vote for Green Party candidates … sends a message to the District that the public wants to keep our children safe by protecting them from materials containing heavy metals, drugs, and hormones.” Learn more about this candidate.

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Josina Morita

“As the first urban planner to serve on this board, I will bring a unique background in stormwater management to address our flooding issues.” Learn more about this candidate.

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The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District provided 500 rain barrels for the environmental organization Faith in Place to distribute. (Ramont Bell)

Free barrels for collecting rainwater are being distributed to South and West Side communities prone to flash flooding.

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The notoriously polluted Chicago River is about to get cleaner with disinfection technology at a Skokie water treatment facility.

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Jay Shefsky of "Chicago Tonight" surveys the Thornton Quarry in May 2015 with engineer Kevin Fitzpatrick of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

By late Tuesday night, incumbent commissioners Mariyana Spyropoulos and Barbara McGowan were ahead for the six-year term positions along with newcomer Josina Morita. 

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Check election results and analysis of top local and statewide contests, and find out how many early ballots were cast this year in Chicago.

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The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) is governed by a nine-member board elected at-large with three commissioners elected every two years. During the March 15 primary, some candidates will run for six-year terms, while others will run for terms that last two years.

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Juvenile channel catfish released into the Chicago River on May 12, 2015. (Friends of the Chicago River)

Two organizations have joined forces to release nearly 200,000 fish into the Chicago and Calumet waterways over the past two years.

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As the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District cuts the ribbon on it's new sewage reservoir, we revisit Jay Shefsky's visit in May to the bottom of the Thornton Quarry.