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SSMMA’s planning, transportation, housing and economic development efforts contribute to long-term vitality and regional growth.


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SSMMA is committed to plans and projects that enhance the region’s transportation and mobility systems.


SSMMA helps leverage technologies in the region that support the demands of business, education and local government.

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The Chicago Southland Fiber Network names Rusty Winchel as executive director

January 23, 2015 – 6:19 pm | 16 views

Rusty Head shotThe Chicago Southland Fiber Network (CSFN) board has named Rusty Winchel as executive director of the fiber optic and data services operating company. Since completion of construction in October of 2014, Mr. Winchel has been leading the transition activity to provide subscribers to the CSFN, access to Carrier Class data bandwidth, backhaul to multiple peering sites in Chicago and Oak Brook, and other services available on CSFN including Voice over IP and Data Center services provided by CSFN’s operating partner, Urbancom.

In addition to establishing the services offered by the fiber network, Mr. Winchel has put in place the key contracts to monitor and maintain the network to insure proactive maintenance and monitoring of the electronics and fiber cable and provide the shortest repair time possible in the event of equipment failure or a fiber cable cut.

Rusty has been a technology consultant for South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association since 2007 and was the Broadband Fiber Project Coordinator for the DCEO-funded construction project since February of 2012. Mr. Winchel is contracted for the Executive Director position through Northern Illinois University. NIU has provided leadership in northern Illinois and across the region establishing broadband and fiber networks in the municipal and public sectors, providing State-wide healthcare initiatives and infrastructure for economic development and job creation. For additional information, email:

SSMMA has long worked with its member municipalities to improve economic and community development in the region. The lack of high-speed fiber-based broadband has been seen as an impediment for institutions and businesses to choose to locate or expand their presence in the Southland. To address that concern, SSMMA secured funding for the development of the first phase of the Chicago Southland Fiber Network  Project, a regional fiber network and infrastructure initiative to provide affordable high speed broadband to multiple locations in the region.

Cook County and SSMMA, with grant funding from the State of Illinois “Illinois Jobs Now” program, constructed more than 60 miles of fiber optic backbone infrastructure in the Southern Cook and Eastern Will County corridor spanning 32 initial anchor sites including: south suburban municipalities, public safety sites, community colleges, Cook County anchor facilities, and economic development access sites along, and in proximity to, the I-57 corridor. The fiber optic infrastructure will be used to provide connectivity to high capacity Internet services, Illinois Century Network (ICN) access for education and public institutions, and dark fiber resources for both public and private entities to use for point-to-point or multi-point network and data applications.

Illinois Officials Review Applications for Enterprise Zones

January 23, 2015 – 6:07 pm | 13 views
Illinois Officials Review Applications for Enterprise Zones

Officials say dozens of new applications for so-called enterprise zones in Illinois are under review.
Illinois law allows a limited number of zones each year that are aimed at improving conditions in economically depressed areas. Businesses …

Employment opportunity: Village of Richton Park Finance Director

January 23, 2015 – 5:47 pm | 9 views
Employment opportunity: Village of Richton Park Finance Director

The Village of Richton Park (population 13,765) is in a search for a new Village Finance Director. The Village of Richton Park is a mature community located in Cook County, Illinois, approximately twenty-two (22) miles …

Burnham mourns longtime village attorney Richard J. Matuga

January 23, 2015 – 5:24 pm | 10 views

Richard J. Matuga died Jan. 13 after suffering a stroke at his home Jan. 4. He was 74.
Matuga was the village attorney in Burnham for 43 years.
A statement from the village read, in part:
“Matuga was …

Southland pols want Rauner to greenlight airport, Illiana

January 22, 2015 – 3:28 pm | 49 views
Southland pols want Rauner to greenlight airport, Illiana

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., has sent a letter to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed by 36 Southland elected officials of both parties urging the new governor to support the Illiana Expressway and a suburban …

Jan. 15, 2015 dinner meeting

January 21, 2015 – 10:04 pm | 20 views
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The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association thanks the Village of Crete for hosting the January 15, 2015 dinner meeting at Lincolnshire Country Club.
At the meeting, the Association recognized retiring Orland Hills Village Administrator John …

Sauk Village to save $600,000 with lighting project funded by Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation grant

January 21, 2015 – 5:07 pm | 22 views

A new lighting system is expected to save Sauk Village $600,000 over the next 10 years, according to the company providing the new lamps.
Sauk Village is retrofitting 508 metal halide roadway fixtures with American Green …

Pace unveils plan for ambitious $2.3 billion Rapid Transit Network

January 21, 2015 – 4:05 pm | 19 views

A wide-ranging network of suburban bus routes could transform the way people commute and shop, connecting people to job centers in Naperville, Elgin and Elk Grove Village, according to an ambitious $2.3 billion plan shared …

The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium unveils new web site

January 20, 2015 – 10:05 pm | 40 views
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The Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation is a proud partner of the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium. The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium is a first-of-its-kind partnership for economic development in northeastern Illinois and brings together a large group …