I joined water safety experts from governmental and not-for-profit agencies across the Chicago region last week to announce a 13-point plan to keep Chicagoans safe while enjoying safe while enjoying Lake Michigan.
Among their 13 recommendations, the experts call for expanding lifeguarding capacity and hours at Chicago beaches, making warning signs and educational materials consistent throughout the Chicago region and updating rescue and response procedures.
The plan is a product of the Chicago Lakefront Water Safety Task Force, which I convened last summer in the wake of the tragic drowning of 13-year-old Darihanne Torres on Loyola Park Beach. I charged the Task Force to develop a list of recommended actions and policy measures to minimize the risk of future drownings and make our wonderful lakefront safer for everyone. [Read more…]