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CMAP Weekly Update, 2-1-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, the CMAQ deadline is Friday, February 8, 2013, panelists announced for the upcoming regional manufacturing cluster forum, a new post on the Policy Updates blog examines household income patterns in Northeastern Illinois, the Active Transportation Alliance hosts a summit on better transit and news on Energy Impact Illinois rebates. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.


First Off...

CMAQ deadline: 2-8-13. Applications for the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program (CMAQ) are due on Friday, February 8, 2013. Visit our main CMAQ page for more details. Local sponsors should direct questions to their planning liaison, and all other sponsors should contact Doug Ferguson.

Manufacturing drill-down forum. After a strong response to last week's announcement of the February 26 event that will launch CMAP's Regional Manufacturing Cluster Drill-Down Report, we are pleased to announce these panelists:

  • David Boulay, president, Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center
  • John McCarron (moderator), columnist, Chicago Tribune; adjunct lecturer, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism
  • Caralynn Nowinski, associate vice president for innovation and economic development, the University of Illinois
  • Ray Prendergrast, manufacturing technology department chair, Daley College

The event will be held at the Harper College Wojcik Conference Center (1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine) from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., with an optional tour of the College's manufacturing training facilities from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Registration is free, and space is limited. Contact Annie Byrne with questions.

Policy Updates. We examined current household income patterns in northeastern Illinois, as well as changes since the 2000 decennial census. In northeastern Illinois, household income growth has not kept pace with overall inflation and has been unevenly distributed across the region.

ATA summit. The Active Transportation Alliance will hold the summit "Riders for Better Transit: Building a 21st Century System" on February 25 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the UBS Tower Conference Center (1 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago). I will join the Metropolitan Planning Council's Peter Skosey and Transportation for America's Kevin DeGood on a panel about transit funding, moderated by the Chicago Tribune's Jon Hilkevtich.


Other News and Announcements

EI2 in the news. WBEZ, the Herald-News, and the Lake County News-Sun described rebates currently available through Energy Impact Illinois (EI2). Individuals can receive up to $1,750 (an estimated 70-percent cost savings) for efficiency upgrades to save energy and improve the comfort of their homes. For more information, contact Emily Plagman at To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT.

Energy Savers milestone. The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) Energy and Community Investment Program celebrated the retrofitting of 10,000 apartment units in the Chicago region via their Energy Savers program, which is partially funded through EI2, this week. An infographic captures the impact of 10,000 retrofits in terms of energy and cost savings and job creation.

LTA updates. Among this week's highlights from the CMAP Local Technical Assistance program, on Wednesday the Village of Lansing held a public kick-off meeting for development of its new comprehensive plan. The Herald-News covered ongoing efforts to develop a comprehensive transportation plan for the Village of Plainfield. Earlier this month, the Village of Wheeling unanimously adopted its active transportation plan. The Village of Alsip will hold an open house for its draft comprehensive plan on February 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Apollo Recreation Center (12521 S. Kostner Avenue, Alsip). The Village of Addison unanimously adopted its comprehensive plan earlier this month. The Daily Herald described a recent commercial corridor report that recommends "right-sizing" retail and providing additional senior housing and green space along the Village of Hanover Park's Irving Park Road, which was developed in partnership with the Village and Urban Land Institute Chicago. The Chicago Weekly covered the Green Healthy Neighborhoods land use plan under development for the neighborhoods of Englewood, Woodlawn, and Washington Park. The City of Chicago, LISC/Chicago, Teamwork Englewood, and Washington Park Consortium are partners with CMAP on that project.

Future City regional competition. On January 26, high school participants in CMAP's Future Leaders In Planning (FLIP) program served as judges in the Chicago regional qualifier round of the Future City Competition. Middle school students submitted city models that best-implement GO TO 2040 recommendations via Sim City simulation software, scale models, essays, and oral presentations. Learn more at ABC 7.

Road planning seminar. The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Illinois and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Region 1 will hold a seminar, "Understand the Local Roads Process from Agreements through Construction," on March 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Lisle. See the agenda and registration.

Local transportation projects. The State of Illinois has announced Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) projects totaling $50 million, with $25.67 million going to the IDOT District 1 that includes the CMAP region. See the project list.

CTA ridership. This week the Chicago Transit Authority said that it had more than 13 million more rides in 2012, an increase of 2.4 percent compared to the previous year. Combined with a 2.9 increase in 2011, this resulted in what the CTA calls "one of the strongest two-year periods" in its history. Read more in the Chicago Tribune. In other CTA news, the Trib and Sun-Times described potential private sector involvement in a few CTA "mega-projects," including the Red Line South Extension, one of five new GO TO 2040 major capital projects. See a related "livability report," video, brochure, and maps gallery at


CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured the launch of Bike Score, which seeks to measure the bike-friendliness of select cities. The beta version assigns a score of 0-100 to indicate overall bikeability and visualizes the analysis with "heat maps." We also presented the first in a series of white papers from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), which examines the use of Health Impact Assessments to evaluate bicycle and pedestrian plans.



Congestion pricing. Now is the time for our region to implement congestion pricing, with express toll lanes that will help manage traffic and give drivers better choices for getting around, as described at Several charts show estimated travel-time improvements on five GO TO 2040 projects. To support that effort, please contact CMAP principal planner Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or

GO TO 2040 comment period. CMAP seeks comment on a proposed amendment to GO TO 2040 that would add the Circle Interchange project and update the plan's description of the Prairie Parkway project. In addition, a conformity amendment to the FFY 2010-15 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) has been released for comment. See the CMAP website for a description of conformity. The comment period for both amendments ends February 18, 2013. Comments can be submitted via e-mail, phone (312-454-0400), and mail (CMAP, ATTN Plan and TIP amendments, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago, IL, 60606).

Stormwater utilities. A new CMAP publication describes how local governments can use stormwater utilities to address local flooding and drainage problems. For additional information, contact Jesse Elam ( or 312-386-8688).

DUE TODAY: Emerald Ash Borer management grants. Applications to the Municipal Grant Program for Mitigating Emerald Ash Borer Impacts on the Urban Forest are due today. Visit the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus website for more information.

ArcView workshops. CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day Basic ArcView 10 Workshop, and dates are set for March 27 to 28, May 8 to 9, and June 5 to 6. Attendance at each workshop is limited to five people, so register early. The cost is $350. To register, please contact Jan Drennan (



Urban Street Design Training
February 8, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
CMAP: 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago
Hosted by the Congress for New Urbanism and CMAP
More information

Regional Manufacturing Cluster Forum
February 26, 2013
9:00 a.m. to noon
Harper College Wojcik Conference Center: 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine
Hosted by CMAP

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