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South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association

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South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association is a government sector lobbying association in Illinois.

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

See also: Illinois government sector lobbying

The South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association has lobbying representation from Anderson Legislative Consulting.[1] Local governments pay dues to belong to the association (see "Membership" section).

Role

In 2010, trustees of Flossmoor, Illinois approved an amendment that reduced the amount of federal stimulus money allotted by the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association for resurfacing a stretch of Flossmoor Road. The association plays a real role in the administration of federal money.[2] The association requested that each of its member towns that received more stimulus money than was needed for a specific project approve amendments to free up American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for use by other towns.

Oak Forest worked with the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association to attempt to secure a $200,000 grant from the federal government to assess the site of a construction project.[3]

Income and expenses

South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association
Year Total expenses Total income Membership dues
(included in total income)
2007[4] $1,366,416 $1,272,231 $282,612
2006[5] $1,739,622 $1,696,962 $280,789
2005[6] $2,296,333 $2,285,094 $275,794

Note: Tax years begin June 1 and end May 31 of the following year.


Issues

The association comments on issues that affect member areas. When a car dealership closed in 2009, the executive director of the association noted that the closings would have a severe impact on the south suburban area.[7]

Leaders in the organization also comment on projects in the south suburban Chicago area. The organization's executive director has a positive view of a proposed highway that would connect parts of Illinois with parts of Indiana, the Illiana Expressway.[8]

Meetings

Association meetings deal with topics that include the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation, a permanent site for a PADS shelter and the South Suburban Housing Collaborative's joint application to the State of Illinois seeking funds for the Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program.[9]

Affiliates

South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation and the Metropolitan Planning Council partnered to sponsor the Charter One Workforce Housing Initiative. The initiative was a program that asked employers or local communities to offer five-year forgivable loans to employees to help them buy homes near the business or near public transportation, or any other criteria the employer deemed important.[10]

Membership

The association has the following members:[11]

External links

References