Business and Professional People for the Public Interest.


Business and Professional People for the Public Interest records




Chicago History Museum


204.0 Linear feet



Biographical/Historical note

The Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPPPI) is a public interest law firm engaged in litigation against police spying, segregation in public housing, industrial pollution, and other issues.

Scope and Contents note

Working files, including correspondence, memoranda, legal documents, and topical files. Materials include files of attorney Alexander Polikoff on the Gautreaux case against the Chicago Housing Authority for allegedly building subsidized apartments solely in low-income African American neighborhoods and other Chicago housing discrimination cases; files on the case of Jurellene Jordan against the Veterans Administration for allegedly failing to monitor and regulate its Home Guaranty Mortgage program resulting in rapid racial resegregation in the Marquette Park neighborhood of Chicago; and files on efforts to regulate safety at nuclear reactors in Illinois, particularly the Braidwood reactor operated by Commonwealth Edison in Zion, Ill.

Conditions Governing Access note

Access to this collection is restricted; please contact the holding institution for details.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2010 October 12 by Lisa Calahan abd Andrew Steadham.