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May 21-22: GreenTown Chicago Conference

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734570_10151640272188975_901136153_nPlease join GreenTown Chicago to share ideas about creating greener, healthier and more sustainable communities. The two-day conference is cosponsored by the Chicago Metropolitan for Planning (CMAP), the City of Chicago, the Institute of Cultural Affairs, and hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Session topics include healthy living, local food, energy, green infrastructure, water, open space and more.

May 21-22, 2014
University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Center East
750 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607

At the conference, attendees can participate in the “LTA track” to learn about successful Local Technical Assistance projects from around the region in advance of CMAP’s next call for projects. That is set to open May 2 and close June 26.  The LTA track sessions are targeted to elected officials, municipal planners and other staff, community-based organizations interested in CMAP’s next call for projects for the program. CMAP is offering a limited number of complimentary admissions for municipal staff (one per community). To RSVP, contact Berenice Vallecillos at or 312-386-8623.

For more information about the conference, visit

Plans for reconstruction of Stuenkel Road are ongoing and extensive

April 16, 2014 – 2:24 pm | 7 views
Plans for reconstruction of Stuenkel Road are ongoing and extensive

…Plans for the reconstruction of Stuenkel Road, which constitutes the northwestern section of University Parkway, have been in the works since the early 1990’s, when the Illinois Department of Transportation first began work on a …

Travis Bandstra named as Lansing’s new economic development director

April 16, 2014 – 2:20 pm | 10 views

A former alumni relations director for Trinity Christian College will take over next month as the new economic development director for municipal government.
The Village Board, by a 5-0 vote with Trustee Julie Butler absent, voted …

DuPage mayors step up push for pension reform

April 15, 2014 – 5:16 pm | 14 views

DuPage County mayors say they’ve already waited years for Illinois to address a growing crisis by reforming municipal police and fire pension systems so cities and villages can rein in costs.
Now they want to see …

Former Calumet City Mayor Robert Stefaniak dies at age 78

April 15, 2014 – 4:28 pm | 38 views
Robert Stefaniak

Former Calumet City Mayor Robert Stefaniak created a legacy that endeared him to people long after leaving office nearly 22 years ago.
“Everybody knew him as Mayor Bob,” said his nephew, Lake Juvenile Court Judge Thomas …

Governor Quinn Announces $100 Million for local street / infrastructure repairs and improvements

April 15, 2014 – 3:49 pm | 18 views

Press release from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office:
Illinois Jobs Now! Investments Includes $60 Million to Address Chicago-Area Potholes and Other Critical Needs Following Historic Winter
As the spring thaw begins,  [on April 7] Governor Pat Quinn announced  $100 …

Governor Quinn Announces $52.7 Million for Local Transportation Improvement Projects

April 14, 2014 – 8:23 pm | 20 views
Region 4_Miami Woods

Press release from the Illinois Government News Network:
Governor Pat Quinn [on April 12] announced a $52.7 million investment in community transportation projects throughout Illinois. The investment will support more than 400 jobs through 71 projects, …

April 17: Seminar for tenants in foreclosure

April 14, 2014 – 4:29 pm | 32 views
April 17: Seminar for tenants in foreclosure

By Harvey Mayor Eric J. Kellogg and the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing:
Seminar for tenants in foreclosure
All interested persons, please attend this seminar.
April 17, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Harvey Municipal Center
15320 Broadway Avenue
Should you …

Governor Quinn Announces $16.5 Million for Local Park and Open Space Projects

April 14, 2014 – 3:18 pm | 20 views
Homewood Flossmoor Park District Dolphin Lake Park.

Press release from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:
46 Local Park District Projects Will Expand Outdoor Recreation Opportunities and Promote Healthy Lifestyles 
Governor Pat Quinn  announced [April 5] $16.5 million in investments for 46 local park …