SSMMA Executive Director Kristi DeLaurentiis and Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D., CPA at the Nathan Manilow Theatre in Freedom Hall Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D., CPA, director and producer of “All the Queen’s Horses,” provided an overview of best practices related to financial oversight after documentary viewers watched Pope’s film. The screening and Q&A took place July 24 at the Nathan Manilow Theatre in Freedom Hall, and was hosted by SSMMA’s Management & Finance Committee, and sp
Image courtesy of the Village of Dolton via Facebook Residents and elected officials from the Village of Dolton provided input on an Invest In Cook study that examined how to improve railroad traffic and ways to separate railroads from traffic and pedestrians at a public open forum meeting held on July 27 at the Dolton Village Hall. Residents also weighed-in on a quiet zone study and signage for the community. The Invest In Cook planning study examined 10 at-grade road/rail c
Throughout the summer, the local Councils of Mayors and City of Chicago will be seeking public comment on proposed methodologies for selecting local projects to be funded through the Surface Transportation Program. Each council will adopt a methodology that incorporates performance-based programming and regional planning factors by Monday, September 30, 2019.
Vendors are required to submit written proposals that present the vendor’s qualifications and understanding of the work to be performed. The vendor’s proposal should be prepared simply and economically and should provide all the information it considers pertinent to its qualifications for the Specifications listed herein. Emphasis should be placed on completeness of services offered and clarity of content. Read more in the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Cleaning Services. The
Dinner participants raise a glass to toast the SSMMA golf outing’s 40th anniversary at the July 19 event in Crete. More than 200 joined us on July 19 at the Lincolnshire Country Club / Lincoln Oaks Golf Club in Crete for golf and/or dinner to celebrate SSMMA’s 40th golf outing anniversary. Three or four of the first year’s participants–including Ed Paesel, former Sauk Village mayor and former SSMMA executive director; Orland Hills Administrator Conrad Kiebles, former SSMMA pl
The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (DOTH) has selected 34 projects as part of Cook County’s 2019 Invest in Cook grant program. Nine are in the south suburbs including Crestwood, Ford Heights, Lynwood, Matteson, Homewood, Harvey, Posen, Richton Park and Sauk Village. Click here for the complete list and details on the 2019 Invest In Cook awards. Cook County funded $8.5 million for the transportation-related projects, which span over 27 municipalities, i
Today, the legacy department store is long gone. The high school, Rich East, is facing such low enrollment that it is being considered for closure. And, as of 2017, financially strapped homeowners were stuck with the second-highest property-tax rate in Cook County. The “Southland Reactivation Act,” stalled in a state House committee, would for tax purposes reduce the fair cash value of select properties in the townships of Bremen, Bloom, Calumet, Rich, Thornton, and Worth by
The hourslong hearing took place at St. Benedict Church, just a block from MetroSouth Medical Center, whose operators are seeking permission to halt services before the end of this year. Noting that MetroSouth’s patient population includes large numbers of minorities and the poor, the hospital’s closing would be a furthering of “the destruction of healthcare” in underserved communities, Kristi DeLaurentiis, executive director of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Associat
Incorporated in 1872, and operating under the President/Board of Trustees form of government, the Village of Glenwood is currently seeking a part-time Social Media/Event Coordinator. Under supervision of the Village Administrator and or Finance Director, oversees the development and operation of Special Events. Duties include organizing, planning, coordinating, evaluating and directing the Special Events. The successful candidate will have the knowledge of general office proc
That dream may be finally coming true. Metra is talking with Cook County, CTA and Pace about lowering fares on both the Metra Electric District and the Rock Island line, which run between downtown and the far South Side and south suburbs. Details are still being worked out, such as the timing and the size of a financial subsidy from Cook County to make up for possible revenue losses. But for the first time, there’s a definite plan to make this happen…Please click here to read
A crowd of more than 200 gathered for the City of Blue Island’s MetroSouth Summit, held earlier today at the City Hall East Annex. Hosted by Blue Island Mayor Domingo Vargas and staff, the Summit featured facilitators from the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and the City of Blue Island, who helped guide breakout discussions with First Responders, Medical Professionals, and Community Leaders about the impacts of the hospital’s announced intent to close, the reso
COOK COUNTY, ALONG WITH THE VILLAGE OF ALSIP, THE CITY OF BLUE ISLAND, THE VILLAGE OF CALUMET PARK, THE CITY OF COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, THE VILLAGE OF DIXMOOR, THE VILLAGE OF EAST HAZEL CREST, THE CITY OF HARVEY, THE VILLAGE OF HAZEL CREST, THE VILLAGE OF HOMEWOOD, THE CITY OF MARKHAM, THE VILLAGE OF MERRIONETTE PARK, THE VILLAGE OF MIDLOTHIAN, THE CITY OF OAK FOREST, THE VILLAGE OF PHOENIX, THE VILLAGE OF POSEN, THE VILLAGE OF ROBBINS, THE VILLAGE OF WORTH, provide this Notice o
1. Diversity. Demographically, the region is home to a diverse mix of people of various races and ethnicities. From young ages, children can interact with people from different backgrounds and learn they are more like others than different…Please click here to read Ted Slowik’s column in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.
New Food Strategies: The South Suburban Economic Growth Initiative (SSEGI) announces a food co-packing expansion opportunity in Chicago’s South Suburbs. SSEGI has partnered with New Food Strategies (NFS) to design and launch a food processing innovation park, leveraging NFS’s experience working with early-stage and mid-size food companies. The development group is seeking an anchor tenant for this multi-use facility that is strategically located near a skilled talent pool wit
In response, SSMMA’s Transportation Committee and the full board considered and unanimously passed Resolution 2019-002 last week. It is the Resolution Regarding Metra Resource Allocation that calls for Metra to cease all efforts and expenditures for expansion of commuter rail service into non-RTA-taxpaying area, including any feasibility and engineering studies. Further, the Resolution states, if expansion is going to be funded at the expense of maintenance, Metra should focu