For a Just Society


Considered one of Chicago’s most tenacious and versatile advocates for the public interest, BPI is a law and policy center that for 50 years has worked to create a just society.

Our work today focuses on addressing the challenges of urban poverty and racial inequity, increasing housing and educational opportunity, building vital communities, strengthening early childhood learning, reforming our criminal justice system, and improving governmental integrity and efficiency.


View our 50th Anniversary Report
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Get to Know Cara Hendrickson

In late February, BPI was thrilled to welcome Cara Hendrickson as our new Executive Director. Little did we know that less than one month later we would be forced to transform into an organization working from home, re-examining our work…

BPI Recommends Ways to Take Action During COVID-19

As the reality of the COVID-19 crisis became clear to the staff at BPI, we quickly pivoted to working from home for the health and safety of our team.  Like many of you, we were unsure at first how that…
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Our 50th Anniversary Report is here! Click here to view the digital version.

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