June 4, 2021
News from SSMMA
SSMMA Outreach Coordinator Interview Featured on Brave Dialogue
As a south suburban native, Victoria Nicholson Marshall started working with SSMMA as the Census Outreach Coordinator for the 2020 Census in order to reach undercounted communities and ensure local municipalities would receive adequate federal funding for each resident.

After the census concluded, Victoria was able to continue working with SSMMA as a liaison to south suburban organizations and community groups to help municipalities directly understand the needs of residents, learn what’s happening in their communities, improve their outreach efforts, and reach out to historically overlooked groups with opportunities or program information that could provide residents with useful resources.

"During the pandemic, without us having someone assigned to be on the ground in these communities and connecting with local mayors and managers we would not have been able to implement some of the strategies that helped us count residents during a time where the entire state of Illinois was reliant on virtual outreach to count residents.

We have to continue to make progress and we knew there was still a need for someone to do the groundwork in these communities which is how my current role developed."

Jeffery Cohn, the host of Brave Dialogue, uses his platform to highlight various leaders in the south suburbs in hopes of informing residents about the work being done throughout the Southland.

The interview can be viewed on Comcast channel 19 until June 25th. To learn more about Victoria and her work with SSMMA access the interview here.
COVID-19 News
Bridge Phase Mitigation Information

SBA COVID-19 Resources

  • The SBA is offering local assistance to small businesses that need counseling or training during COVID-19. Find an SBA office or resource partner near you with the local assistance directory.

Local Resources

  • Cook and Will County residents can utilize the new COVID-19 Pandemic Health Navigator Program to access information on food assistance, rental or mortgage assistance, utility assistance, educational resources, or vaccine or testing appointments.

Data Dashboard

The SSMMA COVID-19 Tracking Dashboard provides the latest information on reopening guidelines, vaccination plans, COVID-19 testing, and in-depth metrics and data for Cook and Will County.

Community Vaccination Information

  • South Suburban residents needing their second vaccination should visit Matteson's mass vaccination site, or find an appointment at another location here.

Governors State University & Walgreens to Host Second Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, June 5th.

  • First and second doses of the Pfizer shot, as well as the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot, will be administered at GSU from 8:00am until 2:00pm.
Grand Prairie Services Will Host a Vaccination Clinic on June 12, 2021

  • SSMMA Associate Member Grand Prairie Services will be offering vaccinations at their clinic. Adults must bring a form of identification. Learn more.
News from our Community Partners

  • The Chi-Cal Rivers Fund 2021 Workshop RFP will be held on June 10th. The Chi–Cal Rivers Fund will offer approximately $1.1 million in competitive grant funding. Full proposals will be due on July 29, 2021. Register here.

  • The Metropolitan Planning Council will host its first Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy Event on June 17th. Water supply issues will be discussed with local municipal leaders. Learn more.

  • The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is accepting grant applications until July 30th. Local governments and organizations must address water quality issues related to nonpoint source pollution. Learn more.

  • The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is asking local public agencies and emergency providers to complete a survey, to help reach a goal for zero fatalities on roadways. The survey also asks for locations and sites where a safety concern is present. IDOT will use the survey results and its existing crash data to produce a more complete set of information. The deadline for submission is June 18th. Learn more.

  • The Chicagoland Regional College Program (CRCP) is offering a monthly stipend and paid tuition fees for college students who can work part-time at UPS and enroll in local colleges throughout the south suburbs. Learn more.

  • State Rep. Will Davis will host community shred day, electronic recycling, and prescription drug take-back on June 12, 2021. This event is free to households only. Learn more.
SPC News
SPC Vehicle Updates

Ford Utility Police Interceptor AWD Hybrid

  • As an update to last week's Director's Briefing, the 2021 Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Ford Utility Police Interceptor AWD Hybrid (Contract #152) factory order cut-off date has now been scheduled for Friday, June 25th.

  • Please visit the SPC Police Pursuit Vehicle webpage for more information. For questions or additional information, please contact staff or Tom Sullivan, 815-464-9200 or tsullivan@curriemotors.com.

Dodge Durango Pursuit/SSV, Ram SSV, and Charger Pursuit Contracts

  • The SPC has been notified by Roesch Chrysler that due to industry-wide production issues caused by the global shortage of semiconductor microchips and the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the assembly plant workforces, the manufacturer is unable to price protect the SPC's current contracts through the initial term of November 3, 2021.

  • The order cutoff date for the Durango Pursuit/SSV (Contract #201) and Ram SSV (Contract #202) was April 8, 2021, and therefore the contract pricing is no longer in effect.

  • The current published order cutoff for the Charger Pursuit (Contract #200) is August 5, 2021, after which pricing will no longer be valid.

  • Pricing on 2022 vehicles has not yet been identified. For questions or additional information, please contact staff or Mike Hilmers, o: 630-279-6000, c: 630-247-5385, or at mikehilmers@roeschtrucks.com. Staff contact: Ellen Dayan

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