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CMAP Weekly Update, 6-21-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, applications for planning assistance and grants for local projects implementing GO TO 2040 are due Wednesday, June 26 at noon, the Policy Updates blog features a new Brookings Institution report highlighting the STEM economy, the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference is the latest group to pass a resolution in support of congestion pricing in the region, and a new resources is available on CMAP's Food microsite. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

First Off...

DUE WEDNESDAY: Call for local projects. Applications for planning assistance and grants for local projects that implement GO TO 2040 are due Wednesday, June 26 at noon through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program. See the presentation from a recent informational session. Review the program guide to see which types of projects are eligible, or contact Erin Aleman ( or 312-386-8816).

Policy Updates. A new Brookings Institution report highlights the "hidden" science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) economy. The report amplifies CMAP's analysis showing that metropolitan Chicago realizes significant gains through clusters of industry specialization, with manufacturing serving as the best example. We also described the Economic Development Act of 2013 that passed in the Illinois General Assembly. While the bill addresses some GO TO 2040 recommendations, such as incenting brownfield redevelopment and encouraging innovative transportation financing, it makes little progress toward ensuring that economic development programs get evaluated and targeted. And in light of this week's congressional hearings on Amtrak and Rail Safety Reauthorization, we summarized a letter from U.S. Senator Richard Durbin to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which asserts that the legislation should emphasize Illinois priorities for high-speed rail, Amtrak funding, mitigation of rail impacts on communities, rail freight funding, and support for job growth.

Congestion pricing campaign. This week the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference became the latest council of government to pass a resolution in support of CMAP's congestion pricing campaign. Others endorsements include TMA of Lake-Cook, Big Lift LLC, CenterPoint Properties, and Metropolis Strategies. To join this effort, please contact Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or

Local food news. Our microsite features new information on a recent action plan from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that addresses food access, as well as a new Illinois Department of Agriculture campaign to promote the purchase of locally grown produce.


Other News and Announcements

AMPO, NARC, and performance-based planning. Two national organizations in which CMAP is a member have issued a joint statement of "support for a strong regional role in establishing the federal performance management program." CMAP has been advocating for regions to have a voice in how the U.S. Department of Transportation implements this and other requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) two-year federal transportation reauthorization bill. Moving beyond the requirements of MAP-21, CMAP supports linking performance measures to investment decisions, and its new microsite describes how performance-based funding of transportation could be implemented in Illinois.

LTA program. Among recent highlights:

  • Patch previewed next week's public meeting led by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce/ Special Service Area #33 for development of its Innovation in Parking Management Plan on June 26 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bucktown-Wicker Park Library (1701 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago).
  • DATE CHANGE: CMAP will present the draft Bronzeville retail district land use plan at the Bronzeville Retail Initiative's (BRI) Community Forum on Saturday, July 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Room 43 (1039 E. 43rd Street, Chicago). This event will replace the forum originally scheduled for Saturday, June 22.
  • In light of the development of major capital projects related to nearby O'Hare Airport -- including the Elgin-O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) project, one of five new major capital projects recommended by GO TO 2040 -- the Village of Franklin Park is now creating an industrial area plan to align with those future improvements. Stay up to date with this project at franklin-park.

Crain's on big ideas. CMAP's Erin Aleman and WTTW's Geoffrey Baer are among the opinionators quoted in a Crain's Chicago Business story about what makes our region great and what could make it greater.

CMAP media tip sheet. CMAP's latest tip sheet includes information on the growth of new multifamily rental permits and construction in the suburbs, the building momentum of our congestion pricing campaign, LTA parking projects, expansion of Bus Rapid Transit in the region, and more.



Transportation infrastructure. Jim Nowlan of The Times highlighted the need to invest in our state's transportation infrastructure. His piece references the Transportation for Illinois Coalition's motor fuel tax swap, the subject of a recent CMAP Policy Update.

State bike plan. The Illinois Department of Transportation seeks public input on its Illinois Bicycle Transportation Plan. Two public meetings in downtown Chicago on July 9 will solicit feedback: the first from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at CMAP's offices (233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800) and the second from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Thompson Center (100 W. Randolph, Concourse Level Assembly Hall). Additional meetings will be held in DeKalb (July 15) and Rockford (July 15), as well as a webinar on July 30 from noon to 1:00 p.m. RSVP for the meetings and webinar at ILBikePlanRSVP.

Money for energy efficiency. The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) Energy launched a new Small Multifamily Energy Savings program for Chicago buildings with two to four units. Additionally, Energy Impact Illinois (EI2) is offering rebates up to $1,750 (an estimated 70-percent cost savings) for upgrades you can make to improve the comfort of your home. For more information on the EI2 rebates, contact Emily Plagman at To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT.

Census webinars. The U.S. Census Bureau will offer a free training webinar next week: Government Statistics (June 26,12:00 to 1:30 p.m. CT). Register on-line.



CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog previewed the upcoming launch of the Chicago's Divvy bike share program. We also highlighted the City of Elgin's June 23-29 Bike-Walk-Move week.


Draft Regional Transit Strategic Plan. The RTA released its draft Regional Transit Strategic Plan for public review. Through July 1, 2013, residents can provide input by taking a ten-minute survey and/or attending one of eight open houses throughout the month of June.

FLIP applications. Applications are still available for next year's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2013-14 school year are eligible. The final deadline for applications is September 23. For more information, contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).

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

IDOT safety program. The Illinois Department of Transportation is accepting applications for FY2014 Local Rail/Highway Grade Crossing Safety Program. Applications are due July 15; contact Jason L. Johnson at 217-557-1399 with questions.

Transportation Enhancement Program. The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking proposals for the 2013 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP). A guidelines manual is available for reference. Proposals are due August 20, 2013.


Water 2050 workshop: Energy Efficiency for Wastewater Systems
June 25, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus: 19351 W. Washington Street, Room TEC T323, Grayslake
Hosted by CMAP, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and partners
More information

Water Regulations and Ordinances workshop
June 26, 2013
8:30 a.m. to noon
DuPage Water Commission headquarters: 600 E. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst
Hosted by the DuPage Water Commission, Metropolitan Planning Council, MWH Global, and CMAP

Wicker Park-Bucktown public meeting
June 26, 2013
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Bucktown-Wicker Park Library: 1701 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Hosted by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce/ Special Service Area #33 and CMAP
More information

Bensenville public meeting
June 27, 2013
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Village Hall: 12 S. Center Street, Bensenville
Hosted by the Village of Bensenville and CMAP
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Bronzeville Retail Initiative community forum
NEW DATE: July 13, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Room 43: 1039 E. 43rd Street, Chicago
Hosted by the Bronzeville Retail Initiative
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