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November 26, 2014 – 4:56 pm | 10 views

spc logoBy Rita Kueny

SPC Extends Ford Interceptor Police Package Sedan & Utility Contracts

The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board has awarded the third and final one-year contract extension on the 2015 Ford Interceptor Sedan Police Package and Utility Police Package to Currie Motors of Frankfort.  The contract extensions run from November 9, 2014 through November 8, 2015.

Ford Motor Company has agreed to hold pricing for the balance of the 2015 model year, but the firm order cutoff date for the 2015 models is January 30, 2015.  Ford has not yet made a decision if they will allow the contract and pricing to be extended to the 2016 model year, which will be produced in early 2015. For questions or additional information, please contact Tom Sullivan, 815-464-9200 or

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Municipal staff training opportunity on completing waiver valuations

November 26, 2014 – 4:39 pm | 8 views

House Bill 5709, an initiative of the Illinois Municipal League that was sponsored by Rep. Anthony DeLuca, was signed into law as Public Act 098-0933 on August 15, 2014.

This legislation reduces the cost of obtaining …

Revitalization The New Markets Tax Credit Way

November 26, 2014 – 3:20 pm | 15 views
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How small communities are being reenergized
In a landscape of reduced local funding and persistent economic challenges, there can be a ray of hope for redevelopment professionals who understand how to access creative financing instruments. From …

Checkers Restaurant to open in Calumet City

November 26, 2014 – 3:10 pm | 8 views

A new Checkers restaurant is expected to open next spring or early summer in Calumet City.
The City Council approved a measure to offer the business a Class 8 tax incentive. Commercial property in Cook County …

Funding opportunity: CCT’s Achieving Sustainable Development through Community-Based Practices Program

November 25, 2014 – 8:54 pm | 21 views

From the Chicago Community Trust: 
RFP – Achieving Sustainable Development through Community-Based Practices.  Submission Deadline: 01/05/2015
Outcomes Sought
The Chicago Community Trust seeks up to ten communities to serve as models for community-based practices in sustainable development. Priority applicants …

‘Windy City Live’ shines spotlight on Lansing

November 25, 2014 – 4:04 pm | 10 views

This week ABC-7′s local morning show, “Windy City Live,” is giving viewers a tour of the hometowns of its hosts. Lansing resident Val Warner gave viewers a peek at her adopted hometown and the surrounding …

Restoring neighborhoods and maybe lives as well

November 24, 2014 – 5:29 pm | 15 views

As wind-chill temperatures hit the single digits last week, I watched a work crew begin demolishing an abandoned townhouse complex in Dixmoor.
What was unique about this demolition was that it was being carried out, in …

Counties, towns partner to kick-start development

November 24, 2014 – 4:54 pm | 15 views
Counties, towns partner to kick-start development

Will County has partnered with Cook County and several south suburbs with plans to create two new enterprise zones to encourage economic development along the corridors of Illinois 394 and Interstate 57.
Enterprise zones are areas …

Cook County seeks public input on long range transportation plan

November 24, 2014 – 4:26 pm | 12 views
Cook County seeks public input on long range transportation plan

From Cook County:
Nine months into the development of Cook County’s first Long Range Transportation Plan in 70 years, the County is hosting several open houses seeking resident and business input on transportation priorities and potential long-range scenarios. Cook …