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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: South suburban land bank making progress

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: South suburban land bank making progress

The South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authority has been operational for just over a year now, and has made exciting progress.

June 22, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Explore Illinois corridor of opportunity

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Explore Illinois corridor of opportunity

Travel south on Ill. 394 from I-80/I-294, past its merger with Ill. 1, to the proposed Illiana Expressway interchange and you’ll pass 11 distinct communities in south Cook and eastern Will counties.

April 06, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: SSMMA announces '14 priorities

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: SSMMA announces '14 priorities

Each year the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association develops its legislative priorities for the federal, state and county levels.

February 16, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Chicago Southland is prepping for businesses

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Chicago Southland is prepping for businesses

For the past several years, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, in cooperation with the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp., has placed a heavy emphasis on the Calumet manufacturing and logistics nexus. Our purpose has been to turn brownfields into jobs in the greate…

December 08, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Broadband project draws national attention

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Broadband project draws national attention

About a year ago, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association attended a Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference in Danville, Va. At about the same time, we were negotiating contracts here for fiber broadband construction.

October 06, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Advanced manufacturing training program expands

GUEST COMMENTARY: Advanced manufacturing training program expands

Recent Rich East High School graduate Raheem Johnson likes working with his hands. One day he wants to study architecture. Or construction. But he isn’t sure and wants to buy some time.

July 28, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: New land bank will be catalyst for change

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: New land bank will be catalyst for change

As part of their ongoing commitment to improving the southern suburbs, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and several of its member communities recently created the South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authority to help facilitate the redevelopment of vacant, foreclosed a…

May 19, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Millennium Reserve partnership brings open space, jobs

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Millennium Reserve partnership brings open space, jobs

In a time of limited budgets at the federal, state and local levels, never has the need for collaboration and partnerships been greater.

March 10, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: SMMA works behind scenes to improve lives

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: SMMA works behind scenes to improve lives

Many aren't aware of it, but there is a committed group of people working quietly behind the scenes to renew and restore Chicago’s south suburban region in more ways than you can imagine.

October 28, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: South Suburban Airport moves forward

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: South Suburban Airport moves forward

At a recent meeting of the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp., Susan Shea, the director of the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics, spoke about recent accomplishments for the South Suburban Airport planning effort.

August 12, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Program preparing workers for advanced manufacturing

As part of the overall effort of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp. to grow the south suburban region’s economy, no aspect is more important than workforce development. Our employers consistently cite the need for high-qual…

May 27, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: 2012 will see major roadwork in suburbs

As we all know, an up-to-date highway system is not only critical for our residents to commute to work and make other trips but also for our area to sustain its economy.

March 11, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Diversity Inc. is helping to fight foreclosures

The multicultural character of this region has enriched lives and enhanced the quality of life for many and expanded the life experiences of our human resources. These are benefits of living in ethnically, racially and economically diverse communities.

July 17, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Reasons for optimism with HUD programs

In his column several weeks ago, Terry McCullough raised important concerns about two programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. I share a number of these concerns, particu…

March 23, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Steps in 2010 have positioned south suburbs well

While 2010 was a challenging year economically for our south suburban communities and businesses, we did use the year to move forward several economic development initiatives.

December 05, 2010 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Southeast Metra commuter rail moves forward

Following several years of study by Metra working with the Southeast Metra Commuter Rail Board, a draft alternatives analysis has been completed and will be presented for public comment at meetings scheduled for Sept. 22 in Chicago Heights and Sept. 28 in South Holland.

September 12, 2010 12:00 am

Considering south suburban highway projects this summer

Highway construction season is here in a big way in the southern suburbs. The State of Illinois has numerous projects under construction, due in large part to federal stimulus funds as well as the state capital bill passed last year.

June 20, 2010 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Gather documents to seek help with mortgage

The Chicago Southland struggled to secure assistance for homeowners in distress with their mortgage; happily relief is on the way.

March 28, 2010 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Financial challenges for government loom, demand attention, change in new year

At the beginning of each year, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association's Legislative Committee, chaired by Mayor Rick Reinbold, of Richton Park, Ill., prepares the legislative priorities for our 42-member Association. This document provides the blue print for SSMMA's state, federa…

January 03, 2010 12:00 am

ED PAESEL:

Throughout the summer, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and our regional partners have been working hard in collaborative efforts to access federal stimulus dollars for projects that benefit our region. To date, we have identified three areas of stimulus dollars and project…

August 30, 2009 12:00 am

South suburbs honored for housing collaboration

In January, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association invited its member communities to discuss a novel approach to housing issues -- municipal cooperation. At the end of that meeting, approximately 20 towns signed up to explore this idea a little further.

June 28, 2009 12:00 am

Airport, rail could make South Suburbs take off

The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association has been a longtime advocate for the development of the south suburban airport near University Park. We were obviously very heartened when Gov. Pat Quinn announced in his March budget address that he not only fully supported the airport, but…

April 26, 2009 12:00 am

We're working with manufacturers to help that sector

Although manufacturing jobs in the United States and in the southern suburbs have declined over the past couple decades, manufacturing remains an important sector of our south suburban economy. This is especially true in the metal working, chemical and food processing industries which provid…

February 22, 2009 12:00 am

Handbook will guide green development

As the demand for high performance "green" development has blossomed over the past decade, many communities are looking for ways to encourage sustainability and integrate specific techniques into development policy.

October 19, 2008 12:00 am

New economic development cooperation looms

Recently, the Cook County Board of Commissioners endorsed a resolution sponsored by Commissioners Deborah Sims and Joan Murphy, supporting a newly created not-for-profit corporation, the Cook County Suburban Economic Development Commission. In its resolution, the board "supports and endorses…

May 18, 2008 12:00 am

Merger of CN, EJ&E raises these concerns

The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and its member municipalities intend to fully participate in the Surface Transportation Board Environmental Impact Statement process relative to the proposed Canadian National Railway Corp. purchase of the EJ&E Railroad. To that end the …

February 24, 2008 12:00 am

I-80 East Logistics Corridor has much to offer

On Sept. 27, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation participated in a land development conference hosted by the Illinois Real Estate Journal. The conference was more than a series of high-powered panels shedding light on …

November 02, 2007 12:00 am

Broad support for broadband access review

Improved access to broadband technology is a major goal of great importance to municipalities and the business community in the south suburbs.

August 19, 2007 12:00 am

Sauk Village celebrates 50 years of pride and progress

With nearly 300 communities in the greater Chicago metropolitan area, our brief travels through some of them don't allow us to really know these communities and their residents. Sometimes we read news stories about communities, but in most cases they too do not give us a true picture of the …

June 03, 2007 12:00 am

Making connections to the global economy

The Chicago Southland and its economic future are at a crossroads. Will we take the necessary actions and make the improvements to our transportation infrastructure that will truly enable our region to be fully connected to the global economy?

March 18, 2007 12:00 am

Education reform is top priority in 2007

The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and indeed mayors from across the Chicago metropolitan region and the state of Illinois have recognized the critical importance quality schools play in creating and sustaining quality communities.

December 24, 2006 12:00 am

Little Calumet council working to solve flooding

Wednesday's heavy rains in the southern suburbs and Northwest Indiana have again drawn attention to the persistent problems of flooding, which affect our residents, businesses and highways. In Cook County, over the years multiple jurisdictions, including municipalities, townships, drainage d…

September 17, 2006 12:00 am

New study will look at housing needs

The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association is an intergovernmental organization of 42 municipalities. Located south of Chicago, the Mayors and Managers Association provides technical assistance to member communities. The member communities of the organization represent a population o…

July 23, 2006 12:00 am

Calumet rivers project will help development flow

The emergence of new economic development initiatives in the southern suburbs in recent years is the direct result of the region's inherent assets, the planning efforts, the cooperation of our municipalities and regional organizations, and the new awareness by developers and tenants of oppor…

May 07, 2006 12:00 am

Cooperation is improving quality of life here

The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, an intergovernmental Association of 42 communities in southern Cook and Will counties representing more than 650,000 residents, was formed 28 years ago. The organization was formed to encourage cooperation among our municipalities to avoid …

February 19, 2006 12:00 am
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