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MPC staff, volunteers explore how region’s shifting demographics will affect growth and development
On January 26th, I was lucky to participate in a forum to learn from six sharp minds and then discuss the implications with my colleagues. Here’s what I learned about the metropolitan Chicago based on 2010 Census data: A greater percentage of Chicago-area residents are 65 or older. A…
Chicagoland Case: A Region Learns to Help Itself
For nearly 100 years, through the 1980s, Chicago’s south suburbs were rich with opportunity. Steel mills and rail yards powered metropolitan Chicago’s economy, putting the local workforce in high demand. As the nation transitioned to a service-based economy – decades before the…
Inspiring investments, inspired leadership essential to strengthening Illinois' economy
On the eve of Election Day, Illinois voters are deciding which candidates they trust to calm our economic storms. Whether green or seasoned, tomorrow’s winners will confront historic budget deficits and cloudy fiscal forecasts at all levels of government, and most policy experts agree they…
Even at mid-speed, rail improvements can crank up Illinois' economy
This op-ed by MPC President MarySue Barrett appeared in Crain's Chicago Business May 3, 2010. As Illinois and neighboring states explore how a high-speed rail network could transform the Midwest, the Chicago area stands to gain employment and attract new economic development. The question is, how…
Chicago modeling livable communities
This letter ran 4/13/2010 in the Chicago Tribune. For years, we’ve known that many local workers – the proverbial teachers, nurses and firefighters, plus dozens of other professionals – cannot afford to purchase a home in metropolitan Chicago (“Make less than $62k?…
More must be done to preserve water supply
This letter to the editor ran Dec. 7, 2009, in Crain's Chicago Business. Crain's recent coverage of projected water shortages in Northeastern Illinois drove home a fact many of us living near Lake Michigan are just beginning to realize: This region's water supply is valuable and limited, and we…
It's in business's best interest to back affordable housing
This op-ed by MPC President MarySue Barrett ran in Crain's Chicago Business on Nov. 16, 2009 Across the Chicago area, local government officials are hearing increasingly from employers that maintaining homes affordable to their workers isn't a maybe — it's a must. One might be surprised to…
Governor Acknowledges State ’s Education Funding System is Flawed, Yet Offers No Solution to Problem
A+ Illinois responds to Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's Budget Proposal
Regional Housing Initiative: A Letter to Developers of Affordable Housing
The Regional Housing Initiative provides incentives to support the development or rehab of well-managed, well-designed mixed-income homes located near jobs and transit.
Chicago Matters series examines housing troubles, solutions
The 2002 Chicago matters "Inside Housing" series includes TV documentaries, radio features, programs at the Chicago Public Libary and articles in the Chicago Reporter.

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