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Sept. 22: Improving Food Access to Build Healthy Communities discussion

August 28, 2015 – 4:04 pm | 43 views

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“Improving Food Access to Build Healthy Communities”

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, 10:00a.m. – Noon
SSMMA Offices – 1906 West 174th Street
East Hazel Crest, IL

“Improving Food Access to Build Healthy Communities” will bring together food access advocates and local municipal officials to discuss solutions to improve food access in under-served areas, specifically in suburban Cook County. We will discuss policy solutions in addition to alternative approaches such as farmers markets and community gardens to provide local officials with viable methods to address limited access to healthy food options in their communities. We will also discuss current initiatives that are taking place in Cook County such as the Healthy HotSpot Initiative that aims to address low food access the County by increasing the number of corner stores with expanded healthy food and beverage options. This meeting will highlight the connection between food access and healthy living, and provide local officials with practical ways to promote overall health and wellness in their communities.

Click here to RSVP for this event.
Contact Kimberly Morris for additional information at 708-922-4672 or
Please click here to download and share the flyer with your communities.

Metra moves forward with major rehab for Homewood station

August 28, 2015 – 2:03 pm | 11 views

The Metra Board of Directors today approved an $585,000 amendment to the agency’s 2015 capital program to fund design for a rehabilitation of the Homewood Station on the Metra Electric Line.
The funding includes a $468,000 …

Sept 16: Governors State Clean Energy Town Hall Meeting

August 28, 2015 – 1:52 pm | 73 views

Governors State Clean Energy Town Hall
RSVP here!
Wednesday, September 16th, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Senator Toi Hutchinson and Rep. Anthony DeLuca invite you to join them for a Clean Energy Town Hall at Governors State University!
A panel …

Editorial: Valpo businesses need this high-fiber diet

August 27, 2015 – 3:09 pm | 17 views
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The Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission is investing in a fiber optic loop to expand high-speed Internet access in the city. It’s a project that makes sense.
City Economic Development Director Patrick Lyp said the project began when …

Employment opportunity: Business Development Officer

August 27, 2015 – 2:12 pm | 19 views
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Full Time Position
The main responsibility of the position is to represent CP 504 in the south southwest metropolitan area of Chicago and generate SBA 504 loans. The BDO must work independently, have an ability to …

“Incentives or else,” Walmart says to Homewood

August 27, 2015 – 12:04 am | 23 views
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Walmart is coming to Homewood.
But the retail giant’s reception will be mixed at best, if the prevailing views expressed at the Homewood Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday is any indication.
Homewood trustees voted 4 to …

Metro Chicago has some of the most congested roads in the U.S.

August 26, 2015 – 8:28 pm | 22 views

Five of the 20 most congested stretches of road in the U.S. are in the Chicago area, according to a new study that concludes that traffic has rebounded completely from the Great Recession — and …

Employment opportunity: Glenwood Village Administrator

August 24, 2015 – 7:33 pm | 99 views
Employment opportunity: Glenwood Village Administrator

The Village Administrator serves as chief administrative officer for the Village and reports to the Village President and Village Board. The Village Administrator is responsible for managing the overall operation of all departments and ensures …