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September 18, 2014 – 7:13 pm | 0 views

SSC manufacturing eventPress release from the South Suburban College Business and Career Institute:

South Suburban College’s Business & Career Institute (BCI) will host their sixth annual Manufacturing Conference: Making the Model Work, on Friday, October 3, 2014, from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the college’s Oak Forest Center.  This unique event is a one-day conference featuring breakout sessions, keynote address and panel discussions with the experts.

BCI urges all presidents, business owners, decision makers and managers to attend. The Manufacturing Conference serves as a forum for processing issues critical in the industry. More importantly, it will also offer thought-provoking and solution-oriented ideas on the following topics:

Business Continuity/Succession

Ready Workforce

Maintaining/Growing Your Business

This year’s keynote will be delivered by Drew S. Mendoza in the morning session, focusing on succession planning for businesses. Mendoza is the Managing Principal of the Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. He has co-authored “Siblings and the Family Business,” has appeared on PBS, CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio’s Marketplace and has been quoted in multiple newspapers and internet media outlets. His work has also been published in Family Business Magazine, Family Business Review, Family Business Advisor, and Trusts and Estates Magazine.

There is a pre-registration fee of just $20, or $30 for walk-in registrations. The fee includes access to all conference activities, breakfast and lunch. The “local lunch” is provided by food manufacturers in the region.

“We also learned some very interesting things about employer expectations for new hires,” said Burrows. “This year’s conference is not to be missed!”

To register, call 708-596-2000, ext. 2455. For more information, email The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois.

SPC Extends Office Supplies Contract with Warehouse Direct

September 18, 2014 – 4:20 pm | 0 views
SPC Extends Office Supplies Contract with Warehouse Direct

By Rita Kueny
The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) is pleased to announce the extension of the office supplies contract with Warehouse Direct of Des Plaines through August 31, 2015. The SPC contract is piggybacked on the …

North Riverside suit could have big impact for south suburbs

September 17, 2014 – 4:46 pm | 6 views
North Riverside suit could have big impact for south suburbs

In a lawsuit that could have repercussions in several south suburbs, North Riverside is seeking to terminate a firefighters union contract to privatize its fire department.
The lawsuit, filed by Evergreen Park attorney Burton Odelson on …

Home Buyer Education Classes

September 17, 2014 – 4:00 pm | 10 views
Welcome Home Fall 2014

From Neighborhood Housing Services:
Neighborhood Housing Services, in partnership with IFF and South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association  is proud to offer FREE  8- hour pre-purchase home buyers education workshops on September 27, 2014, October 25, 2014 …

Oct. 23: MELA green infrastructure roadshow

September 17, 2014 – 2:05 pm | 5 views
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From the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance:

mela:: The Green Infrastructure Roadshow
Thursday, October 23
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lurvey Landscape Supply and Garden Center
Des Plaines
Members: $45.00 Non-Members: $55.00
Register here
Learn more about how green infrastructure can help mitigate today’s …

Palos Heights blazing Cal-Sag Trail

September 16, 2014 – 4:50 pm | 11 views

Ninety days after ground was broken on the western section of the 26-mile Cal-Sag Trail, local enthusiasm grows as the Palos Heights portion of the bikeway nears completion.
“Great things are happening at the trail, only …

WBEZ’s Richard Steele discusses need for more trauma centers in the Southland

September 15, 2014 – 7:41 pm | 33 views

WBEZ’s Richard Steele  discussed the need for more trauma centers on the south side of Chicago and the southern suburbs on The Barber Shop Sept. 12 with Park Forest Mayor John Ostenburg, J. Brian Malone, Executive Director …

State steps up litigation to take land for Peotone airport

September 15, 2014 – 2:13 pm | 21 views
State steps up litigation to take land for Peotone airport

After years of dealing with willing sellers and absentee owners to buy land for a proposed airport near Peotone, the state of Illinois is preparing legal action to force unwilling homeowners to sell, even though …

Saving homes from urban flooding

September 13, 2014 – 5:17 pm | 30 views
Saving homes from urban flooding

When it rains, it pours. Not only from the sky, but also off roofs and pavement, through cracks and pores and into flooded homes and destroyed living spaces.
As the director of Center for Neighborhood Technology’s …