More stories about Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI

  • Climate change and the urban forest

    Urban foresters in various regions of the country explain how to protect trees from the effects of climate change.

  • VIDEO: Construction equipment stacks up the fun

    Caterpillar’s machines are serious business on public works jobsites. Video shows the heavy equipment maker also has a lighter side.

  • Illinois' Municipal Partnering Initiative (MPI)

    A joint buying initiative gaining momentum in suburban Chicago has saved participating communities more than $1.23 million since it was launched three years ago. Thirty communities have joined forces to procure a wide range of public works and construction services.

  • 5 principles for ‘post-industrial’ public works

    A City College of New York architecture professor says architects, engineers, urban planners, and public officials need to think at the systems level to most effectively revamp the nation's outdated infrastructure.

  • Suburb self performs RCC

    An Illinois public works department saves money with roller-compacted concrete. The material achieves high strength more quickly than conventional concrete pavement mixes.

  • Volvo and LEGO create powerhouse toy

    The miniature Volvo L350F wheel loader drives and loads like the real thing—and could lift little ones into future public works careers.

  • Public works training for city and county employees

    Illinois created a program to nurture future public works managers. Although it is designed for supervisors, it has value for public works personnel at all levels.

  • Public works departments benefit charities

    Few people realize how much communities benefit from all of the extracurricular activities that public works employees undertake.

  • Icelandic road protestors acting a little elfish

    The Icelandic government has put a road project on hold, in part because of protesters’ concerns that the project will endanger the lives of a certain breed of wee folk.

  • Manhole masterpieces

    Manhole covers serve a very important function in protecting and allowing access to underground infrastructure. Cities and agencies around the globe often elevate these humble hunks of metal into works of art.