Panel Discussion: Getting Real on Police Reform

Posted on June 20th, 2017

Our 2017 Annual Dinner featured an engaging discussion among a diverse panel of experts on what it will take to achieve meaningful police reform in Chicago.  Thanks to Steve Edwards, Executive Director…

Pre-K to K Transitions Program Wraps Up Successful Year

Posted on June 15th, 2017

The Altgeld-Riverdale Pre-K to Kindergarten Transitions Program held a year-end celebration last week, with hundreds of students, their family members and teachers coming out for activities, games, and delicious food at the…

Meet Our 2017 Summer Interns

Posted on June 9th, 2017

Three fabulous interns joined our office at the end of May, and a fourth will arrive soon! Law school students Anna Jirschele, Jared Jones and Michael Walker arrived just in time to…

Jefferson Park’s Affordable Housing Development is a Step in the Right Direction

Posted on June 2nd, 2017

In recent weeks, a proposed mixed-income housing development in Jefferson Park has come up against vocal opposition from neighbors.  To his credit, Jefferson Park Alderman John Arena has backed the project and six of his fellow aldermen have joined…

Thanks to all who attended BPI’s Annual Dinner

Posted on May 24th, 2017

We are grateful to all our friends and supporters who attended our 2017 Annual Dinner! Photos and video coming soon! 2017 ARTS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST AWARD Hamilton: An American Musical BPI was pleased…

Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability Issues Community Conversations Report

Posted on March 22nd, 2017

The Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) held a March 22 press conference at City Hall  releasing its Community Conversations Report after listening to the concerns of approximately 1,700 Chicago residents about police misconduct…

Join Us May 23 for BPI’s 2017 Annual Dinner: Getting Real on Police Reform

Posted on March 14th, 2017

The evidence is compelling: The Chicago Police Department is in urgent need of reform. While the problems are clear, the path to solutions is filled with controversy. Please  join us for a frank…

New City Building Code Relief Will Increase Supply of Affordable Housing and Reduce Neighborhood Blight

Posted on February 28th, 2017

One impediment to developing affordable housing in Chicago has been the City’s antiquated building code, portions of which haven’t kept pace with improvements in building techniques and materials. As a result, it…

Chicago Police Department and Oversight System in Urgent Need of Reform

Posted on February 13th, 2017

In the last nine months, two reports have been issued detailing far-reaching problems within the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the police oversight system. In April, the Police Accountability Task Force, in which BPI…

Meet Nora Mahlberg, Skadden Fellow

Posted on February 14th, 2017

Hometown: Madison, WI Education: BA Carleton College; JD Harvard Law School Why she applied for a Skadden Fellowship at BPI: Most of my work prior to and during law school involved providing assistance…

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Recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

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