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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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Deadline Approaching for Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship Application

Attention law school and policy school students: BPI is now accepting applications for our Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship. Applicants must have a law school or public policy degree by June 2017. The application deadline…


Police Accountability Ordinance: Big Step Forward, but Hard Work Still Ahead

Testifying at Chicago City Council Committee hearings this week, BPI’s Director of Justice Reform Adam Gross urged council members to support Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ordinance, because it incorporates key reform recommendations made…

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