Economic Development

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.

Regional Quality of Life

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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Supreme Court says cities can sue big banks over housing bubble damages

May 23, 2017 – 12:29 pm | 6 views

foreclosurelawThe Supreme Court ruled on May 1 that federal anti-discrimination law allows cities to sue a bank over lending practices they allege led to urban blight but said they face a high standard in proving those practices directly harmed the local governments.

The ruling was a mixed one for Miami, which was at the forefront of a move by cities nationwide to sue big lending institutions under the federal Fair Housing Act…Please click here to read Robert Barnes’ story in the Washington Post.

Expanded Menards to open Tuesday in Homewood

May 22, 2017 – 11:37 am | 13 views
menards in homewood

An expanded Menards home improvement store in Homewood, 17545 S. Halsted St., will open to customers Tuesday morning (5/23/17).
The store had been closed for about a year while construction was underway.
Among the changes, the store …

Former Lansing Village President Dan Podgorski now named administrator

May 22, 2017 – 10:45 am | 19 views
Dan Podgorski2

In her second board meeting in office, Lansing Village President Patty Eidam remade much of the municipal government.
Eidam made seven appointments, including village administrator and the trustee vacancy she left on the Village Board. Former …

$18M warehouse planned for Tinley Park

May 19, 2017 – 10:36 am | 93 views
Hillwood distribution center in Tinley

Tinley Park officials have agreed to support a tax break for construction of a 300,000-square-foot warehouse/distribution building planned for a site directly south of Interstate 80 and north of the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.
The Village Board …

Why a property tax freeze is a no good, very bad idea for Illinois towns

May 19, 2017 – 9:17 am | 23 views
Why a property tax freeze is a no good, very bad idea for Illinois towns

This spring, Illinois lawmakers are considering proposals to permanently freeze property taxes throughout the state. Not surprisingly, the idea is gaining steam among both Republicans and Democrats.
You may be asking yourself: Why wouldn’t all local …

Eleven south suburban communities included in Cook County’s 2017 Roadwork Plan

May 18, 2017 – 10:41 am | 31 views
144th and Halsted in Riverdale

From the Cook County Government web site:
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled the list of the County’s 2017 road construction projects, offering motorists a roadmap for the upcoming season.
The Cook County Department of Transportation …

Lansing History Plaza set to open by mid-June

May 18, 2017 – 10:10 am | 25 views
History Plaza in Lansing

The History Plaza that will enliven the southwest corner of the intersection of Ridge Road and Burnham Avenue is on schedule to be largely completed by mid-June.
The Village Board received an update on the project …

191st Street to be extended/new interim assistant village manager named in Tinley

May 18, 2017 – 9:25 am | 31 views
191st Street to be extended/new interim assistant village manager named in Tinley

The Tinley Park Village Board approved an agreement clearing the way for an extension of 191st Street east from Harlem Avenue to Oak Park Avenue. The total project is estimated to cost $3.5 million and …

Former No. 1 Stacy Lewis thrilled LPGA will be coming to Olympia Fields

May 17, 2017 – 4:12 pm | 28 views
Scott Halleran – Golf Features

Stacy Lewis is thrilled that she and the rest of the best women’s golfers in the world will at last get the chance to compete at Olympia Fields Country Club this summer.
Olympia Fields has hosted …