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Officials stress safety as building trades continue working during pandemic


Construction workers remain on the job for the most part amid the coronavirus pandemic despite a statewide stay-at-home order that has idled much of the Illinois economy.

“The next real big build-out is happening now in the south suburbs,” said Reggie Greenwood, executive director of the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation. “Our biggest advantages are location and availability of a well-trained workforce.”

Crews are building about 3 million square feet of warehouse space in Country Club Hills, Monee and University Park, Greenwood said. In Markham, operators using giant earth-moving equipment are moving mountains of material for a project south of 159th Street between Dixie Highway and Interstate 294…Please click here to read Ted Slowik’s column in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

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