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#284 Inside the Water Drain

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In October 2017, the Chicago Tribune published The Water Drain, a multi-part series investigating water rates throughout the Chicago region.

The Tribune discovered that a profound disparity exists in what people pay for a basic life necessity – their drinking water – along income and racial lines. Residents of the poorest communities paid 31 percent more, on average, than those in the wealthiest. At times, collection tactics in poorer communities were akin to those of payday lenders, with water reconnection fees running as high as $300 or more.

Tribune reporters Ted Gregory, Patrick O’Connell and Cecilia Reyes with walk us through their findings and how they reported this series.

RSVP required Braintree now requires all attendees to RSVP beforehand. Walk-ins will not be allowed!

ASL This event will have an American Sign Language interpreter.

Food Food and drinks will be provided. We encourage attendees to bring their own water bottles to reduce waste.

Civic hacking After the presentation, we will break out into learning and working groups until 9:30pm.

Agenda and meeting notes
Breakout groups
Code of conduct
Sponsor Open Tech Strategies
American Sign Language interpreter

Inside the Water Drain
Photo: Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Braintree office
222 W Merchandise Mart Plz
8th Floor

Chicago, IL

When you arrive in the Merchandise Mart, take the center elevators to the 8th floor.

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