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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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Spring Surplus Vehicle & Equipment Auction a Success!

April 28, 2017 – 2:53 pm | 5 views

IMG_0066The second quarterly 2017 municipal live surplus vehicle and equipment auction was held on Tuesday at America’s Auto Auction Chicago in Crestwood. NWMC members Deerfield, Glenview, Highland Park, Lincolnshire, Morton Grove and Northbrook were joined by Orland Park, Oswego, Park Forest and Steger at the event. Bidding was lively and the crowd was large. Forty-six units sold, with preliminary sales for the day of $127,030, with NWMC vehicles and equipment bringing in $83,280.

We look forward to the next live auction, which is scheduled for Tuesday, July 25. Should members need to dispose of vehicles and equipment between live auctions, please note that America’s Auto Auction also offers year-round internet auctions. For questions or additional information, please contact staff or America’s Auto Auction Commercial Account Manager Bruce Uhter, 708-389-4488 (office), 219-713-0327 (cell) or or sales representative Jim Fee, 773-315-0293 or

Suburban mayors band together against property tax freeze

April 28, 2017 – 9:16 am | 5 views
Suburban mayors band together against property tax freeze

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City Hall is stepping into the statewide debate over freezing property taxes.
Mayors and city leaders from across suburban Chicago are opposing a permanent freeze on …

Springfield Lobby Day 2017

April 27, 2017 – 4:45 pm | 11 views
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Thanks to all for advocating for and representing SSMMA and the Southland in Springfield during Lobby Day on April 26, 2017. Please click here for information about our legislators and legislative priorities, or here for …

South suburban airport plans still up in the air

April 27, 2017 – 11:40 am | 15 views
South suburban airport plans still up in the air

The state received six responses in its latest call for potential developers to show their interest in building a south suburban airport.
But there’s no indication yet whether Illinois will proceed with the project, which has …

2017 VAD Academies: Indianapolis and Hartford

April 26, 2017 – 2:03 pm | 20 views
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The VAD Academy – short for Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties Training Academy – is a two-day “boot camp” for public, private, nonprofit, and community leaders working on tough property challenges.

In 2017, there are two VAD Academies: …

Employment opportunity: Flossmoor Public Works Dept. mechanic

April 26, 2017 – 11:31 am | 55 views
Employment opportunity: Flossmoor Public Works Dept. mechanic

The Village of Flossmoor is accepting applications for the full-time position of Mechanic with the Public Works Department. This is a skilled position with responsibilities that include the supervision, maintenance and repair of Public Works, …

Will County seeks public input on freight plan

April 26, 2017 – 9:06 am | 20 views
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Will County and the Will County Center for Economic Development are seeking public input on their Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan through a series of open houses and an online survey.
The $1 million study is …

Balmoral-HITS Inaugural season of show jumping competitions all set to begin

April 25, 2017 – 2:57 pm | 40 views
HITS-Barmoral schedule 2017

In 2017, Chicago’s historic Balmoral Park will host its newest equestrian sport – show jumping, brought to Illinois by HITS and ShowPlace Productions.
The shows will run for thirteen weeks from spring until fall and will be spaced …

The “rebuilders” of Chicago’s Southland

April 25, 2017 – 9:57 am | 40 views
Sauk Court in Pk Forest

Charnese Davis bought a house in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood for herself and her three sons in November, knowing, she says, that several years into the future, it might still be worth only the $151,000 she …