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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.

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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Will County to state: Give us our money

November 25, 2015 – 9:43 am | 22 views

Save-1000---Generic-jpgWill County Board members want state lawmakers to release $5.6 million in fee and tax revenue owed the county and to pass a law that would bring back racing dates to Balmoral Park Race Track in Crete.

The board has passed resolutions urging legislators to provide the county with its share of revenue from the motor fuel tax and the 911 phone surcharge. The state has withheld local shares of that money since July 1 because of the lack of a 2015-16 state budget, placing local governments in a tightening money squeeze and angering municipal and county officials statewide.

Will County is owed about $3.5 million in motor fuel tax income and another $2.1 million from the 911 fee…Please click here to read Alicia Fabbre’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

SPC grants final ambulance contract extension – order before prices go up

November 25, 2015 – 9:27 am | 17 views

By Rita Kueny
The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board has awarded the final contract extension on the 2016 Horton Type I Additional Duty Ambulance to Foster Coach Sales, Inc., of Sterling.  The contract runs from …

Improvements continue for Homewood Metra station

November 25, 2015 – 9:02 am | 19 views

Standing on the Homewood Metra station’s platform Tuesday afternoon, Metra Executive Director Don Orseno said the commuter rail service is “going out of the Stone Age and into the 21st century.”
Orseno and other Metra officials …

Richton Park’s Village Manager De’Carlon Seewood to be city manager of Ferguson

November 24, 2015 – 2:43 pm | 23 views

After a national search, the City of Ferguson named De’Carlon Seewood their new city manager on Tuesday.
Seewood recently served as village manager for the Village of Richton Park, Ill., where he was responsible for overseeing …

Olympia Fields cuts ribbon on Graymoor Sanitary Sewer Lateral Project

November 24, 2015 – 1:33 pm | 23 views

Olympia Fields held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Graymoor subdivision on Nov. 20, 2015, celebrating the completion of the Graymoor Sanitary Sewer Lateral Project.
On hand for the celebration were SSMMA Executive Director Edward Paesel, …

Public Safety Committee meeting

November 23, 2015 – 3:42 pm | 17 views

SSMMA’s Public Safety Committee meeting was held Nov. 17, 2015 with presentations by Attorney John Kelly, counsel for the two 9-1-1 organizations in the state (IL-APCO and I-NENA) and Jeanine Chiappano, Executive Director of E-Com …

Ford workers approve deal that includes $1.1 billion in region investment

November 23, 2015 – 11:30 am | 25 views
Ford Assembly Plant on Torrence

Ford workers narrowly approved a new national contract with the United Auto Workers union late Friday that was soundly rejected at the Chicago Assembly Plant, but that will pump $1.1 billion into the Calumet Region.
Two-thirds …

Metra to offer new express train to 80th Avenue station

November 23, 2015 – 11:19 am | 29 views

As of Nov. 30, Metra will provide a weekday outbound express train to the 80th Avenue stop in Tinley Park during the afternoon commute, Tinley Park said in a news release.
Rock Island Line train No. …

Support House bill to keep Balmoral Park open

November 23, 2015 – 11:05 am | 15 views
Support House bill to keep Balmoral Park open

Letter to the editor from Jim Garrett, President/Chief executive, Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Support House bill to keep Balmoral Park open
For the last 30 years, the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau has been a …