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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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Illinois golf courses turn to video gambling

July 26, 2016 – 8:59 am | 3 views
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Money-losing courses add video poker and video slots, taking advantage of a state law aimed at boosting bar and restaurant owners.

Struggling municipal golf courses are turning to video poker and slot machines to make up for declining revenue.

More than a dozen taxpayer-funded golf courses in Illinois have turned to legal gambling in the past three years, though with mixed results.

The public courses are located in New Lenox, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Joliet, Countryside, Blue Island, Glenwood, Worth and North Chicago and, outside the Chicago area, in Winnebago County, Streator, Cahokia and Moweaqua…Please click here to read the Better Government Association’s Casey Toner story in Reboot Illinois.

Homewood Disposal cuts ribbon on area’s first public CNG fueling station

July 25, 2016 – 11:23 am | One Comment | 14 views

From Homewood Disposal’s web site:
Homewood Disposal Service, Inc. cut the ribbon the area’s first public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on July 21, 2016. Officially opening to the public in early August 2016, The …

Oak Forest Health Center gives garden crops to patients

July 25, 2016 – 10:34 am | 13 views
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…About five years ago, after studies revealed a high concentration of diabetes and hypertension in the south suburbs of Cook County, Mason proposed a simple idea: Plant a garden and give away the organic crops …

Illinois reopens program for struggling homeowners

July 25, 2016 – 10:13 am | 17 views

Illinois is reopening its mortgage assistance program to homeowners who haven’t been able to pay mortgages because they’ve lost jobs or gone through a hardship like an illness or the death of a spouse.
Beginning Aug. …

South Side’s transit desert: More trains would be a lifeline

July 22, 2016 – 11:31 am | 19 views
South Side’s transit desert: More trains would be a lifeline

To get to her summer job at an academic testing center in Naperville last year, teacher Antonia Flynn left her house in the Washington Heights neighborhood at 5 a.m., then took two buses and two …

SPC News

July 22, 2016 – 11:23 am | 18 views
SPC News

New SPC Fuel Contract with Gas Depot Now in Effect
The new Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) contract for Gasoline, Diesel Fuel, Ethanol and Bio Diesel Fuel (Contract #159) with Gas Depot Oil Company of Morton Grove …

SuburbanCookCounty flood damage assistance

July 21, 2016 – 3:55 pm | 56 views
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SSMMA welcomes another new member: Worth

July 21, 2016 – 2:48 pm | 15 views
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Please join the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association in welcoming another new member: Mayor Mary M. Werner and the Village of Worth. As you may recall,  we also recently welcomed Alsip. The Worth Village Board …

ComEd prepares for high temperatures expected this week

July 21, 2016 – 11:32 am | 13 views
ComEd prepares for high temperatures expected this week

ComEd news release; please share with your communities:
Chicago is bracing for some of the highest temperatures since 2013, and ComEd is taking proactive steps to prepare for the excessive heat conditions. The company is closely monitoring forecasts …