For a Just Society


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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Honoring Ida B. Wells with Chicago’s first monument to an African American Woman

Ida B. Wells fought for black civil rights and women’s rights, and crusaded against lynching during a particularly cruel time in American history.  Born into slavery in 1862 in Mississippi,...
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Moving forward on redeveloping Cabrini Green

  The Chicago Housing Authority can move forward on redeveloping the remaining Cabrini Green land now that legal settlements have been approved by two federal court judges.  This welcome resolution creates...
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