"Our ability to live compatibly with our environment, is a reflection of the humanity's values." - Pat Horton

Statement on the Hedgewood Marsh Firing Range

Letter sent January 17, 2012 stating Commissioner Patricia Horton voting decision on the Hedgewood Marsh Firing Range which was found to be home to some bald eagles, and blue herring birds.

"As a Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, I am a steward of the District's Public land. I believe that we, as elected officials, have a fiduciary responsibility to the citizens of Cook County and neighboring suburbs to preserve and protect our environment.

Already, we are experiencing climate change, acid rain, contamination in our ground water, and children born with toxins in their systems.

Supreme Master Ching Hai, a world renown humanitarian, vegan, worker for world peace and saving the planet believes that we should all be like her and save our environment. We must remain conscious of the choices that we are making because we as humans are destroying our planet.

Our choices that we make pertaining to wild life and the environment are setting a pattern for future generations. The Chicago land area offers some of the most diverse flora and fauna found on the planet. This ecosystem is a fragile one, and we have to say enough is enough!

Therefore, after careful and considerable deliberation I voted no on the resolution to build an outdoor firing range located at valuable wetlands on the Southeast side of Chicago. This area was recently designated a Millennium Reserve: Calumet Core and it is the mission of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of the Greater Chicago to protect and preserve the land that it owns."

Patricia Horton
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Resolution

Resolution Sponsored by the Board of Commissioners recognizing Commissioner Patricia Horton's six years of service to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, dated November 15, 2012.

"...Whereas, having witnessed firsthand the importance of access to clean water on a business trip to Bangladesh, Commissioner Horton studies emerging issues in clean water development and dedicated to commit further to the cause by running for Commissioner of the District in 2006; and

Whereas, as a Commissioner, Patricia pursued her passions for clean water while serving as Chairwoman of the Industrial Waster and Water Pollution Committee and Chairwoman of the Public Health and Welfare Committee; and

Whereas, seeking to best serve the interest of the taxpayer, Commissioner Horton also served as Chairwoman of the Information Technology Committee, Vice-Chair of the Affirmative Action Committee and Vice-Chair of the State Legislation and Rules Committee; and

Whereas, always eager to educate the public about the District's mission to protect our water environment, Commissioner Horton frequently attended public meetings and spoke with community groups about the District's history and accomplishments in the field of waste-water treatment; and

Whereas, other various organizations have benefited from Commissioner Horton's vast knowledge and generous dedication of her time through her service on their executive boards, including but not limited to the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, the Madison Western Chamber of Commerce in Chicago, The State of Illinois Diabetes Commission, the West Side Women's Business Center, and the Maywood Tennis Association; and

...Now, therefore, be it resolves, that we, the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, on behalf of ourselves and staff, do hereby recognize Patricia Horton's dedicated service for six years to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and express our gratitude and appreciation for her work on behalf of the taxpayers of the District..."

Dated This 15th Day of November 2012. Board of Commissioners.

Terrence J. O'Brien - President

Barbara J. McGowan - Vice President

Cynthia M. Santos - Chairman of Finance

Commissioner Michael A. Alvarez

Commissioner Frank Avila

CommissionerKathleen Therese Meany

Commissioner Debra Shore

Commissioner Mariyana T. Spyropoulos

David St. Pierre - Executive Director

Commissioner Patricia Horton and Supreme Master Ching Hai - A Conscious Choice

Promotional poster marketing Commissioner Patricia Horton's interview of Supreme Master Ching Hai.

"A first time ever live broadcast of the interview with poet, artist, singer-songwriter, humanitarian, and spiritual teacher, Supreme Master Ching Hai by Commissioner Patricia Horton, and Frank Avila on the topic of love, peace, and the current state of planet earth!"

Supreme Master Ching Hai speaks with dignitaries in Chicago, USA<