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Earlier this year, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle launched a forward-thinking, comprehensive and long-range transportation planning effort known as “Connecting Cook County.” The plan aims to develop a broader vision and coherent strategy for transportation investments by tying them t…
Lansing received welcome news last week that they’ve been selected to receive one of ComEd’s Green Region Program grants for 2014. The Crete Park District and the Forest Preserve District of Will County were also recipients, selected for open space projects located in south suburban Crete an…
Regional needs like transportation funding and other infrastructure investments seem to be getting lots of media attention lately.
More and more communities are focused on integrating strategies and practices that incorporate longer term horizons. The trend is to not only accommodate the needs of today’s residents, but also to plan carefully so future generations are also served.
Meteorologists confirmed more than 74 tornadoes ravaged the Midwest over a two-day period in November, leaving 10 dead and hundreds injured in Illinois and Indiana alone. It is proof that communities need to be prepared for nature’s fury and other disasters.
Lansing is moving in the right direction, getting stronger day by day.
Planners use a structured process to help a community with its goals and objectives for beneficial development.
Last month, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and her Council of Economic Advisers released the “Partnering for Prosperity” report, which lays out a clear economic growth action agenda for Cook County.
I recently attended Lansing’s 120th birthday celebration that provided a glimpse of the village’s rich and sometimes colorful past. A lot has changed from those early days.
It’s time again to make New Year’s resolutions. Endeavor to live a healthier lifestyle, spend more time with family and friends, be more in control of finances, or perhaps start your own business. All are worthy and (hopefully) attainable goals, but here are a few others that should make you…
Daniel Burnham is perhaps the most heralded American architect and urban planner of the past century, creating groundbreaking urban plans for many cities that fostered a sense of place and community. Like Burnham, Lansing has an opportunity to “make big plans.”
The recent controversy with Chick-fil-A got me thinking about communities that are turning away businesses based on ideology or political positions. I doubt many in the south suburbs or Northwest Indiana are doing so. We’re all working to attract businesses.
We’re lucky. Lansing’s founders planned their community and downtown in a way that has withstood the test of time, providing residents across the generations an attractive place to live, work and play. Mostly they got it right, but today’s village leaders want to ensure that current and pros…
It seems there might be light at the end of the tunnel. Despite the hard economic times of the last few years, community leaders are feeling optimistic by early signs that we are leaving those days behind.
It's a new year, a time for self-assessment and resolutions. I initiated that tradition a little early this year, changing jobs in November to become Lansing's new director of planning and development.
Since the Cline Avenue bridge closed, affected businesses and communities have been working together to address the disruption of traffic along the corridor and provide input to the Indiana Department of Transportation on a suitable replacement. To be sure, Cline Avenue is a near-term proble…
On Oct. 2, the International Olympics Committee will announce its pick to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. If Chicago wins, the entire region, from Northwest Indiana all the way up to southeastern Wisconsin, ends up victorious.
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