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


SSMMA is a partner and a resource for local governments that want to improve housing in their communities.


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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SSMMA creates, promotes and delivers consensus-backed, regional solutions that make our communities more livable and protect or enhance our natural environment.

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Narch 1: The “Lockbox” Amendment: How Will Illinois Spend Its Transportation Funds?

February 27, 2017 – 2:55 pm | 1 views

lockbox2Join the Union League Club of Chicago on Wednesday, March 1, at Breakfast@65West, in partnership with the ULCC Public Affairs’ Transportation and State & Local Government Subcommittees, presents a forum examining the implementation and effects of the “lockbox” amendment. Our speakers, who will engage in a discussion of the issues surrounding the “lockbox” with one another and our audience, include:
State Representative Barbara Flynn Currie (D), Majority Leader, Illinois House of Representatives

  • Laurence Msall, President of the Civic Federation
  • Erin Aleman, Director of Planning, Illinois Department of Transportation
  • Breakfast@65West programs begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration and a buffet breakfast, followed by the program at 8:00 and adjournment by 9:00. The cost is $28 per person (plus Eventbrite processing fee), including tax and gratuity, and advance registration is required.For more information, please call the Public Affairs office at (312) 435-5946

Please click here to read more or to register.

Kadner: Cook County says it has a real plan to help south suburbs

February 27, 2017 – 2:29 pm | 9 views
Kadner: Cook County says it has a real plan to help south suburbs

Escorted by Cook County officials, I am taken on a tour of some of the poorest suburbs in the Chicago region targeted for economic development as part of a new government strategy.
Cook County Board President …

Homewood’s UpsaDaisy success story: From pop-up proprietors to TOD property owners

February 27, 2017 – 2:05 pm | 4 views

In 2014, three friends who had worked together for years on community and school service projects decided to try a new venture.
Julie Lawton, Suzy Moore and Julie Smith, all of Flossmoor, created a pop-up shop …

Long drive contest offers opportunity to play with an LPGA star at Women’s PGA Championship in Olympia Fields

February 24, 2017 – 4:16 pm | 17 views
chicago golf show

Golf fans will have a unique opportunity to win a chance to play alongside an LPGA star at Olympia Fields Country Club in suburban Chicago, a course that has hosted U.S. Opens and PGA Championships.
The …

Historic Thornton brewery building getting new life as distillery

February 24, 2017 – 9:39 am | 23 views

As a painter, Steve Soltis knows it takes time and imagination to turn a blank canvas into something memorable.
It’s a similar path he and his partners are taking as they convert a historic Thornton building …

Rep. Kelly introduces American Dream Act to help assist those left behind in economic recovery

February 23, 2017 – 4:25 pm | 30 views
Rep. Kelly introduces American Dream Act to help assist those left behind in economic recovery

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., has introduced legislation for community reinvestment that will offer job training for mature workers, encourage increased programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for teachers and give communities funding …

Will County sets legislative priorities

February 23, 2017 – 10:37 am | 17 views
Will County sets legislative priorities

Will County officials plan to work with state and federal lawmakers this year on a variety of issues that could impact county residents and services.
The board approved on Thursday its legislative agendas for 2017 — …

SSMMA approves 2017 legislative priorities

February 23, 2017 – 10:33 am | 31 views
SSMMA Legislative Priorities 2017-1

The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association approved the 2017 Legislative Priorities program at the Feb. 16 business meeting.
The program seeks to address the stability of local governments and the south suburban communities, as well …

Illinois municipalities announce “Moving Cities Forward” legislative package

February 22, 2017 – 9:28 am | 20 views
IML Press conference

Press release from the Illinois Municipal League 
Municipal leaders today unveiled their 2017 “Moving Cities Forward” legislative reform package designed to create more efficiencies in local government and ensure the long-term viability of local municipalities that …