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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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Accepting Applications for BPI's Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellows!

BPI created the Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship in 1999 to honor Alexander Polikoff, who served as BPI’s Executive Director for 29 years, and Dorothy Gautreaux, pictured at left, the public housing activist...

Marking Year One: BPI’s Visiting Fellow in Urban Poverty Exploration

After nearly 45 years of striving to advance social justice, it’s fair to say that the single overriding issue BPI constantly confronts is concentrated urban poverty. After all this time,...
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