NEWSLETTER                                                January 2018
Bedford Park - Clearing Industrial Association
5101 West 67th Street
Bedford Park, IL.  60638

Trivia Night -  January 25

Make a reservation and join us for a casual networking event... January 25th!  We're going to host a Trivia Night for those who want to come out and have some fun.  Yes... that's right... FUN!  The questions will not be hard, and we promise you'll have a lot of laughs!

Trivia Night will be held at Coaches Restaurant in the Holiday Inn Chicago Midway.
5:00 pm - Trivia begins at 5:30.  Rick Gauger from ServPro Bedford Park/Burbank will emcee.

Contact Donna at 708-496-0336 or to make a reservation, and join us for a great relaxing way to network with other members. 

Hope to see you there!
Quarterly Luncheon - February 13

Guest Speaker:
Michael Jasso
Bureau Chief of Economic Development for Cook County
The Office of Economic Development (OED) within the Bureau of Economic Development (BED) facilitates coordination and collaboration among its three Departments and helps to ensure their effective and efficient administration. OED also develops and implements regional economic development and growth planning, programming, and special initiatives.
Michael has responsibility over the Departments of Planning and Development, Building and Zoning, and Zoning Board of Appeals. Michael leads the work of the Bureau in collaborating with the 7-counties of northeastern Illinois and the City of Chicago in developing and implementing initiatives to grow the regional economy. These initiatives include the designation of the area as a preferred location for federal planning and investment in the metal industries cluster, fostering increased export activity, efforts to streamline the movement of goods across the region and a recently announced initiative with the Brookings Institution to develop a regional foreign direct investment plan. Michael serves on the Boards of the Cook County Land Bank Authority, the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, and the Millennium Reserve Steering Committee.
DATE:     February 13, 2018 (Tuesday)
COST:     $25.00 per person (Non-member $35)
PLACE:   Marriott Chicago Midway - 6530 S. Cicero Avenue
TIME:      11:30 a.m. Registration  /   12:00 Luncheon            

Davis Staffing
Received Safety Standard of Excellence Mark

Davis Staffing Inc. Earns Safety Standard of ExcellenceSM
Mark From the American Staffing Association
Program Aims to Reduce Temporary and Contract Worker Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities
CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2017)  - Davis Staffing recently earned the Safety Standard of Excellence SM Mark.  The Safety Standard of Excellence program, developed by the American Staffing Association and the National Safety Council , promotes staffing industry-wide safety standards through a uniform national program.  Participants access resources and tools to assist in preparing for on-site visits and assessments by program consultants, as well as best practice resources for ongoing improvement.  The staffing companies that earn a passing assessment score can use the mark within their marketing collateral.
By participating in the Safety Standard of Excellence program, staffing companies, their placed workers, and host employers can build knowledge and a mutually beneficial relationship to identify and mitigate or even eliminate workplace hazards and exposures, ensure clear communication between the staffing firms and host employers, and clearly delineate responsibilities of each party - all intended to reduce temporary and contract employee injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.
Promoting and ensuring temporary and contract employee safety and well-being is the responsibility of every staffing company. In 2013, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched the temporary worker initiative focused on compliance with safety and health requirements when temporary and contract workers are employed under the joint or dual employment of a staffing firm and a host employer. The initiative asserts both host employers and staffing firms have roles in complying with workplace health and safety requirements and they share responsibility for ensuring worker safety
To learn more about the Safety Standard of Excellence program, visit .
For more information about Davis Staffing, visit
Davis Staffing has a history of excellence. We've had more than 50 years to get it right. We provide quality clerical and light industrial staffing solutions to businesses and job seekers throughout Chicago's Southland and in Northwest Indiana.
About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its affiliated chapters advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. Visit .
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council,, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact-distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.

Midway Modernization Program
Traffic Changes During Construction - Starting January 15

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is implementing a major capital improvement program over the next three years at Midway International Airport that will significantly upgrade the travel experience for years to come. In addition to bringing a new and expanded concessions program forward, the nearly $400 million Midway Modernization Program will expand the security checkpoint area and terminal parking garage.  
The CDA will oversee a phased approach to construction on the checkpoint and garage projects to minimize the effects of changing traffic patterns to the surrounding community.  
What to Expect When Driving to and Around Midway 
Lane and road closures will occur through early 2020 on Cicero Avenue, between 56th and 61st Streets, on Kilpatrick Avenue and on some airport access roads during construction.
To maintain the best flow of traffic, the CDA is working with its partners on the following: 
* Access for local traffic on Cicero Avenue will be maintained with two lanes open in both directions for most of construction.  
* Airport traffic can use Central Avenue and Pulaski Road as alternates to Cicero Avenue.  
* Suggested alternates to help Midway travelers avoid construction include using CTA or parking in the Economy Lot (Central Avenue exit off I-55). 
* Detours in place for periodic full road closures.  
* Traffic Management staff added to guide traffic during peak times.  
* Message boards staged in advance of work areas displaying traffic pattern changes.  
* Safety measures including signage, barriers, flaggers, and traffic guides in place to ensure safe conditions for motorists, workers, and pedestrians.  
* Information and updates on traffic changes posted to and Traffic updates available on Midway's ParkNet Radio Station (1630 AM) within one-mile radius of airport. 

EXTENDED LANE CLOSURES ON SOUTH CICERO AVENUE NEXT TO MIDWAY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BEGIN JANUARY 15, 2018 Section of Cicero Avenue reduced from six to four lanes to accommodate construction of Midway Modernization Program bridge expansion project   CHICAGO - The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is informing the community and travelers of extended lane reductions on Cicero Avenue near Midway International Airport that are set to begin next week and to continue during a portion of airport improvement projects.  Effective Monday, January 15, 2018, one lane of traffic will be closed in each direction on South Cicero Avenue next to Midway International Airport in between West 56th Street and West 61st Street. The closures will reduce Cicero Avenue from a total of six lanes to four lanes for about a quarter of a mile with access for local traffic maintained with two lanes open in both directions.  

The lane reductions will be in place through early 2020 to accommodate construction that will widen the Midway terminal pedestrian bridge over Cicero Avenue as part of the Midway Modernization Program (MMP).  

To minimize the impact to the community as well as travelers, the CDA is coordinating closely with the Chicago Department of Transportation and other City of Chicago and state agencies to oversee a phased approach to construction on the bridge expansion project. This approach will minimize the effects of changing traffic patterns to the surrounding community and will ensure two lanes on either direction remain open at all times. City of Chicago traffic management staff will be added to guide traffic during peak times and message boards will be staged in advance of work areas to alert drivers of traffic pattern changes. 

Motorists traveling north and southbound in the area are encouraged to consider alternate routes to avoid traffic on Cicero Avenue by utilizing Pulaski Road to the east, or Central Avenue or Harlem Avenue to the west in the area of Midway International Airport. Access to Midway's terminal arrival and departure roadways and main terminal parking garage will be maintained at all times during construction. Midway airport travelers and employees are encouraged to use the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Orange Line or Economy Parking garage/lots to avoid traffic on Cicero Avenue. In addition to using alternate routes to reach the airport, Midway passengers and employees should allow extra travel time.

Information and updates on traffic changes will be posted to and throughout the project. Traffic updates are also available on Midway's ParkNet Radio Station (1630 AM) within one-mile radius of airport. The CDA has developed a flier detailing traffic changes with maps and travel tips for residents in and around the Midway community. The flier is included with this release and also available on the Midway Modernization website.

Beginning this week and continuing for the next three weeks, nightly lane closures will occur on the outermost (west) lane of southbound Cicero Avenue for approximately 500 feet in the immediate vicinity of Midway. The lane closure will be in effect from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. as crews work to construct an additional roadway surface for vehicle traffic in advance of upcoming traffic pattern changes.

The construction work that begins on January 15 will involve demolition of the median in between the northbound and southbound lanes of Cicero Avenue next to the airport terminal. This activity requires the closure of the innermost lane of Cicero in both directions and is expected to take two to three weeks to complete. Following the median demolition, construction work will begin immediately on the bridge that will require a long-term closure of all northbound lanes of Cicero Avenue next to Midway's terminal. Two lanes of traffic in both directions will be shifted west on to existing and new temporary lanes. Subsequent work on the project over the next two years will involve lane closures and traffic pattern changes on Cicero Avenue.  

About the Midway Bridge/Security Checkpoint Expansion Project
The lane closures are to accommodate construction of a new security checkpoint and bridge expansion project at Midway. A new 80,000-square-foot security pavilion will be created to allow for additional security lanes, enhanced technology and a single checkpoint system that will double Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening capacity and increase efficiency for passengers. The new security structure and expansion of the pedestrian bridge will provide for a streamlined, single-checkpoint area that will be seven times wider than the current security hall and featuring new technology. This development, combined with new TSA automated lanes, is expected to increase the hourly throughput from 2,500 to 5,000 passengers per hour-double the existing capacity. Beyond the expanded capacity for TSA screening functions, the project will contribute to other aspects of the MMP by adding 18,000-square- feet for new concession opportunities. Over the next two years, the $104 million security checkpoint project will create 470 new construction jobs.

About the Midway Modernization Program (MMP)
The security checkpoint expansion represents the first major component of the MMP - a nearly $400 million investment announced by Mayor Emanuel in 2015 to deliver the airport's most significant capital upgrade in nearly two decades. The other major projects of the MMP include the expansion to the terminal parking garage to add 1,500 parking spaces and a complete renovation and expansion of Midway's concessions program that will deliver new local offerings, national brands, new healthy options and expanded retail offerings by 2020.   
The CDA maintains a Midway Modernization website,, to deliver key information to passengers as well as the general public.  The website features regular updates on construction of the three key components of the MMP, as well as information that will help travelers plan accordingly and minimize the impact of construction on travel plans. The site will also post information about career fairs and job opportunities for residents.  
About Chicago Department of Aviation
The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is self-supporting, using no local or state tax dollars for operations or capital improvements at O'Hare and Midway International Airports. Chicago's airports offer service to nearly 250 nonstop destinations worldwide, including 41 foreign countries, combined. Together, Chicago's airports generate more than $45 billion in annual economic activity. Please visit to learn more about the Chicago Department of Aviation.  
Bedford Park Police Department Offers Training Seminars
On the Subject of an Active Shooter

Since December of 2016, the Bedford Park Police Department has offered by request, training seminars on the subject of an Active Shooter.  Any Bedford Park business who requests this training will receive a 45 minute Power Point presentation in which our goal is to familiarize employees and staff in response tactics to an Active Shooter Crisis.  The objectives of this training are to teach employees response to the threat, response when law enforcement arrives, preparation for active shooter prevention, and how to manage the aftermath of the event.  This training is free of charge to Bedford Park businesses.  Email Sgt. Jeff Drake at for more details and to schedule a seminar.

BPCIA Membership Referral Program

Would you like to earn rewards for referrals? Receive recognition while helping the Association grow? Participate in the BPCIA Referral Program... it's that easy!
The Member Referral Program is a continuous campaign to grow the Association and provide rewards and recognition opportunities to participants who forward prospects to the Chamber that result in memberships.
Here's How It Works:
  • Identify a business, vendor or acquaintance that you feel would benefit from a BPCIA membership.
  • Complete referral form and send it to us. (Contact the BPCIA Office for form)
  • We will contact the referred business and mention your company as the referring business.
  • If your referral joins the Association, and pays for a one-year membership within 90 days of receiving       the referral form, you will receive a complimentary lunch at a BPCIA annual or quarterly luncheon ($25 value).
 Terms and Conditions:
  • A referral form must be submitted to the BPCIA Office indicating YOU as the person referring the new business.
  • Should a referral form be submitted more than once, the BPCIA will honor the first referring party only.
  • There is NO limit to the number of referrals you can make.
  • The BPCIA lunch voucher will expire 12 months from the date of issue.
  • The referring member must be in good standing with current year's dues fully paid.
The Membership Referral Program for the Bedford Park-Clearing Industrial Association (BPCIA) helps our organization grow, which in turn, contributes to the vitality of our business community. A larger membership base strengthens the Association's voice advocating on issues of importance, enhances services for our members and provides more business connections. When a referred business or organization joins the Association, you will receive a complimentary BPCIA luncheon voucher to attend an annual or quarterly BPCIA luncheon.
Please contact the BPCIA for the referral form: or 708-496-0336 

Upcoming Events:  

January 25 - Trivia Night   (5:00 pm at Coaches)
February 13 - Quarterly Meeting (12:00 Marriott Midway)
June 14 - Golf Outing
August 2 - Golf Outing 


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Bedford Park - Clearing Industrial Association
5101 West 67th Street, Bedford Park, IL.  60638

Phone: 708-496-0336   -   Email:   -   Website: