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Sue Markgraf
GreenMark Public Relations

     Bill Kurtis is Named Spokesperson for Chicago Gateway Green
 Respected Journalist, Philanthropist and Rancher Shares Vision for Greening Chicago

        CHICAGO, Ill. (June 17, 2010) – He has been in the trenches of America’s biggest
news stories and feels at home on the cattle-grazing grasslands of Kansas. Now,
legendary newsman Bill Kurtis is working with Chicago Gateway Green to increase the
tree canopy and create blankets of gardens across Chicago.
        Kurtis is serving as spokesperson for Chicago Gateway Green, a non-profit
organization dedicated to greening and beautifying the city by planting trees and gardens
along its expressways, gateways, and neighborhoods. The organization marks its 25th
anniversary in 2011 and is working towards a goal of planting 15,000 trees throughout
Chicago by 2015.
        In addition to ensuring the legacy of trees and gardens throughout Chicago by
participating various fundraising initiatives and special events, Kurtis will support tree
plantings with volunteers and key partners, ranging from United Airlines to the Chicago
Blackhawks. Other upcoming events include the annual Green Tie Ball, held in the fall,
and Gaming for Green, on Aug. 5. Through these and other efforts, Chicago Gateway
Green is helping meet the goals of Mayor Daley’s Chicago Climate Action Plan, aimed at
doubling Chicago’s tree canopy by 2040 and creating a greener, healthier and more
vibrant city.
        “We are thrilled to welcome Bill on board,” says Gerald J. Roper, chairman,
Chicago Gateway Green. “To have this fantastic role model of integrity and sustainability
kindly agree to serve as the face of Chicago Gateway Green will truly make a difference
as we work together to make Chicago an even more beautiful place to live and visit.”
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        Kurtis is especially familiar with the importance of thinking globally and acting
locally, Roper says, through his own Tallgrass Beef Company (,
service to countless green causes and events, and his Emmy Award-winning work as a
one of the country’s most respected journalists.
        “It’s great to have the support of a man who is as deeply rooted in Chicago and
who shares Chicago Gateway Green’s long-held vision of the vital beauty and greenness
of trees and gardens all over our city. We are especially excited to have his support to
reach our goal of 15,000 trees by 2015,” says Claire Woolley, recently named executive
director of Chicago Gateway Green.
        For more information, contact Chicago Gateway Green at 312-540-9930 or visit

About Chicago Gateway Green
Dedicated to greening and beautifying the region’s expressways, gateways and communities,
Chicago Gateway Green was founded in 1986 to benefit the environment and improve the quality of
life for millions of Chicagoland residents and annual visitors. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization,
Chicago Gateway Green makes an impact in the community with three key programs: Expressway
Partnership, transforming city roadways into landscaped parkways; the International Sculpture
Program, beautifying gateways through the installation of public, international art on expressways;
and the Tree Partnership, a large-scale tree planting initiative that transforms unused land into
green spaces. The nonprofit organization has broad support across the region’s business and civic
community and serves as a model for effective public-private partnerships. For more information

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