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middle class population dropping

Is our middle class moving up or down?

MPC on the health of metro Chicago's middle

From 2000 to 2014, the percentage of lower-income metro Chicagoans grew 16 percent. Middle incomers dropped 9 percent, and upper incomers grew by 6 percent.

In other words, as our middle class is shrinking, Chicagoland's class divide is growing. For our series on Chicago's middle, MPC Director Marisa Novara applies her regional lens as she takes the financial temperature of America's favorite class.
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"Challenging segregation is about having more choice."

A standing-room-only crowd listened last Thursday as Natalie Moore talked about her book, The South Side, and why ending Chicago's segregation is a critical pursuit.
MPC thanks Holsten Management Corporation and Holsten Human Capital Development, NFP for their generous sponsorship of this event, and Revolution Brewing for providing libations.

There are effective governments in Illinois.

For our Taking Action series, we highlight Algonquin, Ill., as one example of local governments getting the job done.
>> Catch MPC President MarySue Barrett talking Transform Illinois with Justin Kauffman on WGN Radio's The Download.

Why is Minneapolis growing faster than Chicago?

What can Chicago learn from our booming Midwestern neighbor? Join MPC and Twin Cities Metro Leader Susan Haigh for an Urban Think & Drink on Thursday, July 14.
MPC thanks ComEd, Yagan Family Fund and TransitCenter for their generous sponsorship of our Growing Cities series, and Revolution Brewing for providing libations.
Talking Transit

The bus of the future is cool.

MPC Manager Yonah Freemark explores the benefits of prepaid bus boarding, which significantly speeds things up for riders. Other cities are doing it—can Chicago get on board?

Get In the Loop on all the latest transit headlines.

Talking Transit is supported by Bombardier.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Thanks to our guests and our sponsor Holsten, last week’s Urban Think & Drink with author Natalie Moore was a sold-out success! Event sponsorship helps us bring stellar speakers to MPC, while giving our sponsors access to a diverse audience. When you sponsor MPC at any level, you invest in the Chicago region’s future. For more information, contact MPC Vice President of Philanthropy Janet Myers at
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Upcoming events

National Organization of Minority Engineers 2016 Leadership Summit
June 30, 8 a.m.
featuring MPC President MarySue Barrett

MPC Urban Think & Drink—Why is Minneapolis Growing Faster than Chicago?
July 14, 5 p.m.
sponsored by ComEd and Yagan Family Fund — co-sponsorships still available

MPC Urban Think & Drink—Lessons from Boomtown
Sept. 21, 5 p.m.
sponsored by ComEd and Yagan Family Fund — co-sponsorships still available

SAVE THE DATE—MPC Annual Luncheon
Nov. 4, noon
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