I wanted to let you know about an upcoming community forum on Chicago Privatization and what it could mean for Chicago’s water system.

The Community Forum is Monday, April 19th, 7 – 9 pm at the Chopin Theater (1543 West Division).

The educational forum is being sponsored by Illinois Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and Food and Water Watch and will include a good mix of speakers with expertise on the impact privatization has on taxpayers and the public, the experience other cities have had and what can be done to prevent any bad privatization deals.

This is particularly timely – Last year the city parking meter deal resulted in poor service, skyrocketing meter rates, and the loss of as much as $1 billion in taxpayer revenue. Now that the funds from that sale are dwindling, Mayor Daley has indicated that all options are on the table. It’s important that citizens be involved to make sure their voice is heard if the city decided to lease another taxpayer-owned asset like our water system.

Speakers include:

  • Alderman Scott Waguespack, 32nd Ward
  • Jon Keesecker, Food and Water Watch
  • Phineas Baxandall, U.S. PIRG

Please share this with others you think might be interested.