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Cook County Reveals New Transportation Plan

CHICAGO, IL - July 13, 2016.  Cook County issued its first long-range transportation plan in 76 years; emphasizes transit, trails and freight.

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Construction Starts for Bike Park at Big Marsh  

CHICAGO, IL - May 12, 2016.  New eco-recreation area at Southeast Side's Big Marsh to start construction on a 40 acre bike park.

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Engineering & Robotics Showcase at Prairie State College  

CHICAGO, IL - April 16, 2016.  Engineering and robotics showcase brings students and manufacturers together at Prairie State College.

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Whole Foods Distribution Center Coming to Pullman  

CHICAGO, IL - March 17, 2016. New distribution center relocating to Pullman will serve midwest Whole Foods stores.

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Pullman Porter Museum Online Registry 

CHICAGO, IL - February 7, 2016. Thousands of African-American railroad laborers records searchable in new online registry.

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Pullman National Monument progress

CHICAGO, IL - January 20 2016. Restoration plans picking up speed as the Pullman National Monument approaches its first anniversary.

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Collaboration results in free stormwater management tools for communities

CHICAGO, IL - January 6, 2016.  New green infrastructure templates provide a free resource for communities to rethink streets and open spaces for stormwater management.

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Ford plans $900 million investment at Hegewisch plant

CHICAGO, IL - November 12, 2015.  Ford Motor Co. to create 200 more jobs with $900M investment in Chicago's southside plant.

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Biking and walking trail extensions connect communities in the Southland 

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL - November 2, 2015.  The Thorn Creek and Old Plank Road trail extensions connect regional bikeways, part of 500 mile Grand Illinois Trail.

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Former airport is transformed into Northerly Island Park  

CHICAGO, IL - September 2, 2015.  Six-ecosystem, 40 acre nature park now open.

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Chicago area's 'Grand Canyon' christened

CHICAGO, IL - September 1, 2015.  World's largest stormwater reservoir to open in Thornton Quarry.

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Big Marsh Bike Park Project Aims to Invigorate Southeast Side

CHICAGO, IL - July 6, 2015.  Once a slag dumping site, Big Marsh park could become a world-class bike park.

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Urban Gardening Group Uses Innovative Methods in Pullman

CHICAGO, IL - June 4, 2015. Cooperation Operation, a local urban gardening group, turns a blighted vacant lot in Pullman into a thriving urban garden.

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Obama Library Could Boost Southland Tourism

CHICAGO, IL - May 12, 2015. The future presence of Barack Obama's presidential library on Chicago's South Side is expected to boost tourism even in the suburbs, officials said.

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Connecting Calumet Region Focus of Two-Day Summit

CHICAGO, IL - May 12, 2015.  Area leaders are energized by the recent designation of the Pullman National Monument and believe it can spark projects to tell more of the Calumet region's story.

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Plans in the Works to Expand the Southland Cycling Scene

CHICAGO, IL - April 29, 2015. In the Southland, there's no shortage of cycling clubs, events and trails. Yet wheels are spinning to make our bicycling scene even bigger and better.

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Method's Green Vision for Manufacturing Facility in Pullman

CHICAGO, IL - April 15, 2015. Method's new wind-and solar-powered North American manufacturing headquarters is up and runing in Pullman. Could it spark a wave of clean manufacturing that helps revitalize the neighborhood and economically struggling areas nearby?

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Bike Path Will Link Edgewater to Joliet, and Nearly All of It Is Off-Road

CHICAGO, IL - April 15, 2015. Extension of the Burnham Greenway Trail and construction of the Cal-Sag Trail will provide vital connections to trails in the south suburbs and Chicago.

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President Makes Pullman a National Monument

CHICAGO, IL - February 10, 2015.  President Obama will visit Chicago on February 19th to designate the historic Pullman neighborhood -- one of the first "company towns" in the U.S. -- as a national monument.  

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Chi-Cal Rivers Fund Announces $1.1 Million in Grants

CHICAGO, IL - November 18, 2014.  Public-private partnership funds five projects to improve stormwater management, habitat, and green space in Chicago/Calumet region.

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Governor Quinn Announces Major Expansion of Public Recreational Access at Lake Calumet

CHICAGO, IL - October 25, 2014.  Governor Pat Quinn was joined by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to announce an agreement to purchase 282 acres of land from the Illinois International Port District that will provide unparalleled public access at Lake Calumet.

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Pullman Nears National Park Status With The Help of Many Hands

Editorial: Chicago's Pullman Site Should Become National Park and Needs Wide Support

CHICAGO, IL – August 26, 2014. It looks to be just a matter of time now before Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood is declared a national park, but it sure would be better if Congress made the call, signaling bipartisan support, rather than leave it to President Obama.

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As South Suburbs Turn Green They Grow Stronger

Editorial Advisory Board: South Suburbs are Becoming Greener

HAZEL CREST, IL – August 24, 2014. Green infrastructure projects bring ecological relief and economic benefits to the south suburbs.

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State and County Officials Work to Keep and Grow South Suburban Business

Listening to company's needs and infrastructure investments were key to Sterling Lumber staying

CHICAGO, IL – July 22, 2014. The spirit of cooperation behind Millennium Reserve helped add to Illinois’ infrastructure and contributed to the retention of an important Illinois business.

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Millennium Reserve Steering Committee Delivers Recommended Actions to Governor Quinn

Report recommends 14 priorities to transform the Calumet region of Chicago

CHICAGO, IL – June 23, 2014. After months of public outreach and research, the public/private Millennium Reserve Steering Committee has delivered its report to Governor Pat Quinn recommending priority actions within the Millennium Reserve, a 210-square mile region being developed into a thriving area for commerce, communities and wildlife in the Calumet region and southeast Chicago lakefront. 

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Ground Breaking on Cal-Sag Trail: Celebration of Public, Private, and Non-Profit Cooperation

Editorial Advisory Board: After 10 years, congrats to Cal-Sag Trail Coalition

ALSIP, IL – June 18, 2014. On the morning of Saturday June 7th, more than a decade’s worth of planning took its first physical form in Alsip with the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Cal-Sag Trail.

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