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Business and Professional People for the Public Interest has served the Chicago region as an independent public interest law and policy center addressing compelling issues of social justice and quality of life for nearly a half century.

BPI lawyers and policy specialists use legal and policy research, advocacy, organizing, litigation and collaboration with nonprofit, business, community and governmental organizations to accomplish our mission.


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New York Times Documentary Video Examines Legacy of BPI’s Landmark Gautreaux Case

BPI’s landmark Gautreaux case is one focus of an inspiring 15-minute documentary produced for The New York Times by the independent news organization Retro Report. The film looks back on...

BPI Argues State Supreme Court Case Involving Alleged Government Corruption

BPI attorney Alex Polikoff presented oral arguments to the Illinois Supreme Court on September 21, representing Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard, who is seeking to investigate the Cook County...
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