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Residents weigh-in on Homewood science center

April 27, 2015 – 3:47 pm | 3 views
"Light island," a Global Stydio's science project in Kocaeli, Turkey.

“Light island,” a Global Stydios science project in Kocaeli, Turkey

Plans to build a community science center in Homewood’s downtown area are progressing,

Representatives from San Francisco-based Global Studios met Monday with residents and the proposed science center’s advisory board to begin exploring the community’s expectations and the feasibility of the project. They expect to return a conceptual study within six weeks…Please click here to read Angela Denk’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

Lane closures and ramp work scheduled for south Tri-State Tollway for bridge and ramp repairs

April 24, 2015 – 9:12 pm | 24 views
Lane closures and ramp work scheduled for south Tri-State Tollway for bridge and ramp repairs

Press release from the Illinois Tollway; please share with your communities:
Long-term lane closures and traffic shifts on the South Tri-State Tollway (I-294/I-80) are scheduled to begin in late April, for bridge and ramp rehabilitation work. …

May 2: Short sale workshop

April 24, 2015 – 8:10 pm | 27 views
Short Sale Seminar 3

From Neighbor Housing Services; please share with your communities…
Please join Neighborhood Housing Services in partnership with Barrister Title and a “Short Sale Team” (Attorney’s, Realtor’s, and Lenders) for an informative seminar on “Short Sale”. Come …

Will County seeks public input on transportation plan

April 23, 2015 – 3:36 pm | 30 views
Stuenkel Road

Whether you live or work in Will County, or are just passing through, the county’s transportation officials want your opinion as they update their long-range transportation plan.
Will Connects 2040 is an 18-month project to update …

May 6: SouthWorks MakerLab grand opening, featuring product innovation, 3-D printing and new digital tools

April 22, 2015 – 7:20 pm | 16 views
Microsoft PowerPoint – Grand Opening – MakerLab.pptx

Please join us for a special event:
Grand Opening of SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest 
Featuring product innovation, 3-D printing and new digital tools
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Freedom Hall/ Nathan Manilow Theatre
410 …

State transportation infrastructure ‘listening tour’ kicks off next week

April 22, 2015 – 2:17 pm | 33 views

A transportation infrastructure “listening tour” with more than 30 stops across Illinois will kick off next week to solicit ideas from the public about prioritizing spending, officials announced Tuesday.
The road show, which will start downstate …

May 4 & 8: Police Deadly Force Event Seminars – How municipal officials should prepare and respond

April 22, 2015 – 2:08 pm | 45 views
May 4 & 8: Police Deadly Force Event Seminars – How municipal officials should prepare and respond

Jointly sponsored by the Illinois Municipal League, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and Ancel Glink, these one-day seminars bring together mayors, municipal managers, police administrators and attorneys to discuss issues which may arise …

Chicago south suburbs, northwest Indiana look to build near trains

April 21, 2015 – 3:57 pm | 69 views
homewood metra

Commuter rail stations are playing a prominent role in economic development in suburban Chicago and northwest Indiana.
In Homewood, Illinois, entrepreneur Claude Gendreau is turning a former bank building into a boutique hotel near the Metra …

SPC News

April 17, 2015 – 3:39 pm | 56 views
SPC News

By Rita Kueny
Ford Announces Escape, Focus Order Cut Off Dates
Currie Motors has just advised the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) that Ford Motor Company has announced the factory order cut off dates for the Escape and …