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McCormick Tribune Foundation Recognizes MPC with $300k gift

Grant will support MPC’s Regional Action Agenda over next two years

(Chicago) …. In honor of Robert R. McCormick’s commitment to making the Chicago metropolitan region a better place to live, the McCormick Tribune Foundation awarded the Metropolitan Planning Council a $300,000 grant, to be paid out over two years, in support of the Council’s Regional Action Agenda: Toward a More Livable Future.

“This grant directly aligns with the Colonel’s vision to make Chicago a better place to live,” said Richard A. Behrenhausen, president and chief executive officer of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. “This grant will assist in strategic planning for growth including land use, housing, green space and transportation – which will benefit the diverse communities in and out of the city.”

The Council’s Regional Action Agenda encompasses MPC’s work as part of the Campaign for Sensible Growth, Business Leaders for Transportation, and the A+ Illinois campaign for comprehensive statewide education funding and tax reform; MPC’s community building initiative with local communities; efforts to improve transportation funding and planning; and expansion of affordable housing options for working families, including such innovative programs as employer-assisted housing.

Since 1982, when the McCormick Tribune Foundation – then the Robert R. McCormick Charitable Trust – began its relationship with MPC, the foundation has contributed some $1,155,000 to the Council.

“For more than two decades, the McCormick Tribune Foundation has been a generous and steadfast partner,” said MPC President MarySue Barrett. “We are grateful for the foundation’s continuing support of our regional work; without it, we could not have accomplished all that we have over the years.”

The McCormick Tribune Foundation is one of the nation’s largest charitable organizations, with combined assets of close to $2 billion. In 2004, the foundation approved the distribution of more than $109 million to invest in communities, address human needs, and promote the ideals of a democratic society through innovative partnerships. The foundation, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2005, was first established as a charitable trust upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The foundation provides assistance in four program areas — communities, education, journalism and citizenship — and funds a special initiatives program. Through its grants, the foundation seeks to improve the social and economic environment; encourage a free and responsible discussion of issues affecting the nation; enhance the effectiveness of American education; and stimulate responsible citizenship. For more information, visit

Founded in 1934, MPC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of business and civic leaders committed to serving the public interest through the promotion and implementation of sensible planning and development policies necessary for a world-class Chicago region. MPC conducts policy analysis, outreach and advocacy in partnership with public officials and community leaders to improve equity of opportunity and quality of life throughout the metropolitan Chicago.

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