Commissioners voted 9-7 with one member abstaining from the resolution, which would direct the Cook County Department of Public Health to disclose locations of those testing positive for the coronavirus with 911 dispatchers in suburban Cook County every day for two months. While the measure by Commissioner Scott Britton, D-Glenview, is only a recommendation, department of public health spokesman Kim Junius said the Cook County Department of Public Health will follow the addre
SSMMA President and Robbins Mayor Tyrone Ward The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association approved the reelection of Robbins Mayor Tyrone Ward as SSMMA’s 2020-2021 president, along with a slate of officers at the May 21 business meeting. We are grateful that Mayor Ward provided SSMMA with dedicated leadership during the 2019-2020 term and has agreed to serve another year. He is a lifetime resident of Robbins. He was first elected as mayor in April 2013, and reelected i
Lynwood Mayor Eugene Williams Before the COVID-19 crisis struck, many Cook County suburbs were already facing steep financial challenges. But the economic shutdown has only made matters worse. To the point where some local government leaders are laying off police officers and other staff, as they look to save cash and avoid painful property tax hikes down the road. “My budget director is projecting a budget shortfall of anywhere between $800,000 and $1.2 million,” Riverdale M
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Office of Broadband announced the new Illinois Connected Communities grant program designed to assist local governments, schools, and community organizations with building broadband capacity. The $150,000 grant opportunity will help communities close existing gaps and lay the groundwork for improved broadband access, adoption, and utilization. The latest grant program by DCEO builds on Governor JB Pritzker’s
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Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, July 9 by 10:59 PM Central Time Grant funding in 2020 will be awarded in three categories: Habitat Quality Green Stormwater Infrastructure Public Access Fund partners will host a webinar on June 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM Central Time. The webinar will provide: additional information about funding priorities; in-depth review of the proposal narrative and highlighting priori
But the daily ritual of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers, silently grousing about backpacks while looking down at your phone and waiting for your stop, may not be repeated until the new coronavirus has been eradicated. Ridership has dropped precipitously on Metra, CTA and Pace, as it has on public transportation systems around the country. Just at the CTA, ridership is down 80%. When riders do return — and that process is expected to take much longer than how fast
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The six policy priorities include Healthy Communities – Health and Wellness; Vital Communities – Economic Development; Safe & Thriving Communities – Criminal Justice; Sustainable Communities -Environmental Sustainability; Smart Communities – Public Infrastructure; and Open Communities – Good Government. The plan states that the guiding principles they have committed to are initiatives that: 1. Provide support in areas where Cook County has the authority and resources to have
NARC, the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) sent a letter dated May 7 to the House and Senate leadership regarding the next round of COVID-19 funding, which is expected to be released this week in the House. The letter requests: $20 billion in funding through the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP). That all of these funds act as suballocated STBGP funding (to be distribute
Due to low ridership levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning May 18, 2020 and until further notice, several Pace Routes which operate in the south suburbs will have temporary service modifications and/or suspensions. Click here for the Pace Passenger Notice outlining details as to these temporary changes and a general notice outlining all upcoming temporary service changes beginning May 18th. Pace continues to encourage riders to sign up for Pace alerts here to stay in
South Suburban property values, scheduled to be reassessed as part of the County Assessor’s triennial reassessment process in 2020, are now underway and the Cook County Assessor has announced there are changes to assessments and appeals due to COVID-19. See the press release below and related stories. Press release from the Cook County Assessor’s Office: South Suburban reassessment continues; other property values will be examined for COVID-19-related adjustments The Cook Cou
Related stories include: Homewood approves reduced budget amid shutdown, in the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle; Tinley Park looks to slash spending by 20% to offset expected coronavirus revenue drop, in the Tribune/Daily Southtown; Impact of the pandemic on municipal revenues on CMAP’s website; and Property tax pain looms in a pandemic-ravaged economy, in the Sun-Times.
The village board unanimously approved a resolution in support of this move at the May 4 meeting. As part of a collective effort from the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, the resolution will be filed with the Cook County Board along with a letter of support. If approved it would allow the county’s Department of Public Health to notify first responders of locations where COVID-19 positive or persons under investigation may be located…Please click here to read No
“Given the demise of retail development throughout the United States, distribution is the new economic model that consumers have embraced,” Matteson Mayor Sheila Chalmers-Currin said in a statement in response to an inquiry. Proponents of incentives said they work to balance the need to attract new investment with concerns about giving away too much…Please click here to read Ted Slowik’s column in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.
Related stories include: Orland Park board calls on governor, legislature to quickly reopen state economy in the Tribune/Daily Southtown; and Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces 5-phase ‘Protecting Chicago’ reopening plan, in the Tribune.
5/12 update – Pritzker Administration Announces $25 Million Fast-Track Grants to Accelerate Planned Infrastructure Projects in the Wake of Covid-19; State leverages Rebuild Illinois Dollars to Support Public Infrastructure Projects and Construction Jobs for Summer
Eligible grantees are local governments and other public entities with significant public infrastructure projects that could commence work within 90 days of receiving award notice. Projects eligible for grant fundi
Metra will add service on the Metra Electric Line on May 18 in order to complete implementation of the Positive Train Control (PTC) safety system on that line and throughout the Metra system, which it is federally mandated to do by the end of this year. The new schedule, which can be viewed at metrarail.com, will represent about 74 percent of the normal weekday service. The change is not being made in response to increased ridership – the line recently has been carrying about
Several restaurants and hotels in the south and southwest suburbs impacted financially by the coronavirus pandemic are in line for thousands of dollars in state grants. Holiday Inn Chicago-Tinley Park-Convention Center The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity said that 12,000 businesses applied for the funding, made available through the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program, and a little more than 700 businesses statewide were selected in a random lottery f