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SPC News: The next NWMC surplus vehicle and equipment auction is set for January 24

December 2, 2016 – 2:55 pm | 11 views

spc logoThe NWMC’s partnership with America’s Auto Auction (America’s AA) continues to evolve and grow, with the goal of making it easy for municipalities to dispose of their surplus vehicles and equipment. This past year, we invited participation in the live auctions from the DuPage Mayors & Managers Conference (DMMC), South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association (SSMMA), Metro West Council of Government (MWCOG). This resulted in an increase in gross sales of $150,280 versus the fall 2015 auction. Staff also worked with America’s AA to develop a website ( specifically tailored to our auctions as well as establish a quarterly auction schedule for 2017.

With that in mind, the first quarterly live surplus vehicle and equipment auction will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 1:00 p.m., at America’s Auto Auction in Crestwood. America’s Auto Auction’s 40-acre site is a state-of-the-art facility that provides full service auctions for their existing dealer network, the general public and online/simulcast bidders. In addition, America’s AA offers optional services designed to maximize the sale price of your vehicles, including their Auction Guarantee program, vehicle condition reports, reconditioning/repair services, dent removal, window replacement, washing, detailing, etc. As the auction date gets closer, America’s AA will post the run list on the website.

Other live auction dates for 2017 are: Tuesday, April 25; Tuesday, July 25; and, Tuesday, October 24. The NWMC agreement with America’s AA also provides for year round internet sales, so participants do not have to wait for one of the quarterly live sales in order to dispose of surplus vehicles and equipment. For questions or additional information, please contact staff or America’s Auto Auction Commercial Account Manager Bruce Uhter, 708-389-4488 (office), 219-713-0327 (cell) or or sales representative Jim Fee, 773- 315-0293 or Staff contact: Ellen Dayan

Please click here for more information about the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative, or to view the catalog.

Ed Paesel recognized at SSMMA holiday dinner

December 2, 2016 – 12:45 pm | 37 views

Congratulations to Ed Paesel who was recognized by the Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund at the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association’s holiday dinner Dec. 1 at Georgios. IMET Executive Director Sophia Anastopoulos presented Ed with …

Happy holidays from SSMMA

December 2, 2016 – 11:39 am | 15 views
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Hate crime hotline will help victims fight back against racism, Dart says

December 1, 2016 – 2:31 pm | 17 views

Since the President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign launched, hate crime incidents have spiked nationally, according to data collected from the FBI and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Now, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants to …

Markham seeks land for development plan, but some don’t want to sell

December 1, 2016 – 11:24 am | 34 views
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A plan to attract a major distribution center to south suburban Markham would mean that some residents would have to relocate.
The city’s current efforts to buy their homes is being met with some opposition, as …

HUD announces public housing will be smoke-free

November 30, 2016 – 2:41 pm | 19 views
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Press release from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development :
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today announced that public housing developments in the U.S. will now be required to provide …

Community Resilience Building Workshop guide and support materials are now available

November 28, 2016 – 3:47 pm | 39 views
Community Resilience Building Workshop guide and support materials are now available

The need for municipalities, corporations, organizations, and government agencies among others to build community resilience and adapt to extreme weather and hazards is now strikingly evident. Ongoing events continuously reinforce this urgency and compel leading communities to proactively plan …

Millennium Reserve steering committee seeks input on name of bi-state initiative

November 28, 2016 – 11:18 am | 19 views
Millennium Reserve steering committee seeks input on name of bi-state initiative

Millennium Reserve continues to evolve, creating a new nonprofit, bi-state initiative focused on regional prosperity through sustainable development. Earlier this month, a naming working group came together at William Powers State Recreation Center for what …

Will County Forest Preserve adopts first bike plan

November 28, 2016 – 10:53 am | 22 views
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The Forest Preserve District of Will County adopted its first bikeway plan Nov. 10, with an eye toward connecting its communities and making trails part of its 2040 transportation plan.
Will has been the only county …