Chicago Announcements May 12, 2022

The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners voted on Wednesday to confirm Rosa Escareño as the permanent superintendent of the Chicago Park District. Escareño had served for seven months as acting commissioner since last October, when former Supt. Michael Kelly resigned amid the park district’s lifeguard abuse scandal. So far she has already worked to create a new Office of Prevention and Accountability, which “will be empowered to prevent misconduct and hold wrongdoers accountable through fair, independent and thorough investigations into allegations of misconduct by park employees and patrons,” according to a Chicago Park District statement.  

The Chicago Department of Water Management is expanding its Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program to include “all residents who own and live in their homes and meet the income eligibility standard of $83,250 for a family of four,” the department announced Wednesday. For anyone whose application is approved, department officials “will replace your lead water service line all the way from your home to the water main in the street,” according to the announcement. Homeowners can apply for the program online. 

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