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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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BPI's Alex Polikoff Quoted in The Atlantic

In her latest article for The Atlantic, writer Alana Semuels poses the question, "Is Ending Segregation the Key to Ending Poverty?"  In seeking an answer, Semuels discusses the history and...

The Gautreaux Digital Archive

What brings a medieval historian to BPI? I have been asked this question numerous times over the last few months. The answer is BPI’s Alan Saks Public Interest Internship program,...
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