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SPC News

September 29, 2016 – 11:30 am | 3 views

spc logoNWMC Surplus Vehicle & Equipment Auction Program Adds New COG Partners
Staff has been working to make the NWMC Surplus Vehicle & Equipment Auctions even bigger and better by joining forces with other Councils of Government (COGs) in the region. We are pleased to report that agreements have been executed with the South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association, Metro West Council of Government and we are waiting for signed paperwork from DuPage Mayors & Managers Conference. We are confident that this will create additional excitement for the program, resulting in higher sales for participating governments.

In addition to the Tuesday, October 25 auction on which we have been reporting, auctions will now be held on a quarterly basis with the following dates set for 2017:
Tuesday, January 24
Tuesday, April 25
Tuesday, July 25
Tuesday, October 24
America’s Auto Auction Commercial Account Manager Bruce Uhter and sales representative Jim Fee will be contacting all participating COG members to discuss the program in detail and we encourage all NWMC members to utilize and grow this enterprise program. Additional details are here.

Click here for more Suburban Purchasing Cooperative news including:

  • Public Works Directors to Host Vendor Managed Inventory Lunch & Learn
  • SPC Ford Expedition Contract Extended
  • Ford Announces Utility Police Interceptor Order Cutoff Date
  • SPC Awards Ford Transit Connect Contract Extension
  • SPC Contract Expirations
  • Prepare for Winter with a Deicing Workshop

Please click here to learn more about the SPC or to view the catalog.

Walmart hiring about 200 workers for Homewood store

September 28, 2016 – 10:37 am | 45 views

Walmart announced Monday it will hire about 200 local associates to work at the new supercenter slated to open this fall in Homewood.
Job seekers may apply online at The majority of new associates will …

CMAP has updated data profiles of metropolitan Chicago municipalities

September 28, 2016 – 9:58 am | 13 views
CMAP snapshot

Based on information from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010-14 American Community Survey, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning has updated the Community Data Snapshots for all 284 municipalities, seven counties, 77 City of Chicago Community Areas, and …

Oct. 19: Calumet Manufacturing Careers Internship Program recognition event

September 28, 2016 – 9:11 am | 15 views
Microsoft Word – Summer 2016 MCIP Grad Invitation.docx

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Business & Career Services, Inc. and OAI, Inc. invite mayors, managers and elected officials to the Calumet Manufacturing Careers Internship Program recognition event.

Lockbox for road repair funds creates more problems

September 27, 2016 – 4:11 pm | 19 views
pot hole

It’s rough riding out there in Illinois. Dodging the potholes is like running an obstacle course. Plenty of our train and L cars look worse for wear. And do you ever kind of hold your …

SSMMA’s GIS Consortium welcomes Thornton and Alsip / adds a GPS Program to services

September 26, 2016 – 11:57 am | 17 views

GIS Updates
By Dennis Latto
1. We would like to welcome two new members to the SSMMA GIS Consortium! The Village of Alsip and the Village of Thornton’s boards have recently approved the resolution to become SSMMA’s …

Great Lakes Basin tweaks portions of proposed rail routes

September 26, 2016 – 10:02 am | 18 views

A new filing of alternate routes for the proposed Great Lakes Basin Transportation’s freight rail bypass around Chicago shows some tweaks and modifications.
The only significant change is a proposed alternative that may take the rail …

Oct. 5: Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau annual meeting & awards luncheon

September 26, 2016 – 9:15 am | 21 views
CSCVB annual luncheon art

From the Chicago Southland CVB:
Please join the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau to celebrate 30 years in tourism with invited keynote speaker Governor Bruce Rauner.
A lot has happened in 30 years. In 1986, the …