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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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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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Illinois Tollway to offer free trees and wildflower seeds on Arbor Day, 4/28

April 25, 2017 – 9:15 am | 0 views

arbor day 2017Come join the Illinois Tollway and celebrate Arbor Day. On April 28, they are giving away 7,500 tree seedlings and 7,500 wildflower seed packets. Everyone who picks up a tree or seeds also will receive a coupon for a free entry into The Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

Stop by the Tollway oasis in South Holland (Chicago Southland Lincoln oases on the Tri-State Tollway- I-94/I-294/I-80)  or any one of the seven oases and pick yours up from 7 a.m. until supplies run out.

Choose from four varieties of tree species that are native to Illinois, including:

  • Shagbark Hickory
  • Red Oak
  • Pin Oak
  • Pecan

Or pick up seed packets with a mix of native wildflowers, including:

  • Wild bergamot (monarda fistulosa)
  • Black-eyed Susan (rudbeckia hirta)

Join the Tollway and support the Chicago Region Trees Initiative to build a healthier and more diverse urban forest and help restore and create habitat for monarch butterflies and other important pollinators. Learn more >

Log Your Trees and Seeds

After planting your trees and seeds, complete an online survey to log their location.

Those participating will be entered into a drawing to win a free, one-year family membership to The Morton Arborteum. Drawing will be held on May 15.

Put Your Tree On the Map >

SPC News

April 24, 2017 – 4:29 pm | 5 views
SPC News

SPC Extends Ford Explorer Contract
The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board has approved the first of three (3) possible, one-year contract extensions on the Ford Explorer 4-Door 4×4 FWD (Contract #160) with Roesch Ford of Bensenville. The …

Homeowner flood remediation grants are available

April 24, 2017 – 4:05 pm | 7 views

Suburban Cook County Residential Resilience Program
This program is being administered by the Cook County Department of Planning and Development within the Bureau of Economic Development. The program will assist income-qualified owners of single through 4 …

June 3: Newly elected officials workshop

April 24, 2017 – 3:43 pm | 6 views
June 3: Newly elected officials workshop

Congratulations…you won the election! Now what?
The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association wants to help you begin your public service with confidence. This workshop will guide you through the most fundamental areas of city government, …

Orland Park, Tinley Park next in line for Instacart expansion

April 20, 2017 – 4:42 pm | 31 views

On-demand grocery delivery service Instacart will be expanding their service area to include three more Chicago suburbs.
These additions will make Instacart delivery available to 650,000 more residents in Oak Park, Oak Lawn and Franklin Park …

When the going gets tough for staff, the Employee Assistance Program can help

April 20, 2017 – 4:09 pm | 29 views

The Employee Assistance Program is a service that SSMMA offers to help our members to help their staff. Participation is just a phone call or click away. Contact EAP staff representative Sheila Miller at 708-205-1155 …

Ultra Foods to close in Lansing,Chicago Heights and Calumet Park

April 20, 2017 – 9:56 am | 64 views
Ultra Foods Cal Park

Central Grocers, the Joliet-based parent company of Strack & Van Til and Ultra Foods grocery stores, is closing nine Ultra Foods stores, including some in the Chicago area, and intends to sell 22 Strack & …

Funding opportunity: Planning grant supporting healthcare and community transformation

April 19, 2017 – 4:23 pm | 37 views

The Cook County Health & Hospitals System has posted (RFP) # H17-0015- Planning Grant supporting Healthcare and Community Transformation.
Please visit   click, register and download the documents.
All inquiries should be addressed to
The purpose of these funds is …

Orland Park Village Board Names Joseph La Margo Interim Village Manager

April 19, 2017 – 12:22 pm | 26 views

At its April 17th meeting, the Orland Park Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Assistant Village Manager Joe La Margo interim village manager, and Karie Friling Director of Development Services as interim assistant village …