Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore reportedly has been chosen to head the six-state Midwest headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago.

Shore, 69, who lives in the section of Skokie served by the Evanston post office, was first elected to the MWRD board in 2006.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported the expected appointment today, saying it had confirmed that Shore has been chosen for the job. Shore declined comment to the Sun-Times.

Politico had reported in late August that Sen. Dick Durbin was pushing for the appointment of Shore, a long-time political ally, to the EPA job, although EPA Administrator Michael Regan favored another candidate, Micah Ragland, who would have become the first Black head of the EPA Midwest office.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.