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Below are CMAP-related news stories from the current calendar year. At left are links to previous years' stories since 2010.

April

April 29, 2017
Why Hunter Harrison doesn't want freight here by Claire Bushey
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article describes the freight environment in Chicago. CMAP executive director Joseph C. Szabo is quoted.

April 29, 2017
Design studio hosts Jeff Park Forward's meeting on regional plan by Brian Nadig
Published by Nadig Newspapers
This article describes an ON TO 2050 workshop held by CMAP's outreach team in Jefferson Park.

April 28, 2017
Duckworth blocks transportation planning rule by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article describes federal legislation passed to repeal an MPO consolidation rule.

April 27, 2017
Bill authored by Rep. Lipinski and Sen. Duckworth eliminating unnecessary regulation passes house by Isaac Sancken
Published by Daily Southtown
This article describes federal legislation passed to repeal an MPO consolidation rule.

April 27, 2017
Duckworth's bipartisan bill to support Illinois jobs passes both chambers
Published by The Riverbender
This article describes federal legislation passed to repeal an MPO consolidation rule.

April 26, 2017
Prinz lecture series to welcome speakers on regional planning, immigration by Desiree Chen
Published by The Doings
This article describes the Elmhurst College Andrew K. Prinz Lecture for Political Awareness, given by CMAP executive director Joseph C. Szabo on May 1.

April 26, 2017
Wintrust Business Lunch: Chicago in 2050 by Jon Hansen and Bennett Wakenight
Published by WGN Radio
This audio includes an in interview with CMAP's Liz Schuh about ON TO 2050, Alternative Futures, and inclusive growth in the Chicago region.

April 26, 2017
Metro agency offers planning, development programs for all by Caitlin Nordahl
Published by Illinois Valley Times
This article describes the 2017 Technical Assistance Symposium co-hosted by CMAP and RTA, and the Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program.

April 26, 2017
Berwyn to host 2 open houses on draft zoning ordinance by Suburban Life Media
Published by My Suburban Life
This article describes upcoming public open houses to be held on a draft of the Berwyn Zoning Code developed through the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

April 25, 2017
Nevertheless, big cities like Chicago persisted to reduce vehicle emissions by Andrea Fox
Published by Efficient Gov
This article describes efforts by Chicago to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CMAP's GO TO 2040 plan, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program, and the agency's recognition as a Clean Fuels Champion by Chicago Area Clean Cities are mentioned.

April 24, 2017
Comprehensive plan helps Franklin Park officials look to the future by Thomas Vogel
Published by Franklin Park Herald-Journal
This article describes an upcoming public meeting to be held on the draft Franklin Park Comprehensive Plan developed through the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. CMAP's John Carlisle is quoted.

April 18, 2017
Sustainability conference planned in Aurora by Joy Davis
Published by the Aurora-Beacon News
This article describes the Fox Valley Sustainability Network's GreenTown Conference where CMAP's Lindsay Bayley will be a speaker. CMAP Executive Director Joe Szabo will speak at a Mayors Breakfast preceding the event.

April 17, 2017
Lincolnshire officials want to partner with Buffalo Grove as they plan for Milwaukee Avenue project by Phil Rockrohr
Published by Buffalo Grove Countryside
This article describes Buffalo Grove and Lincolnshire's intention to apply for the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to create a plan for the Milwaukee Avenue corridor.

April 14, 2017
GreenTown Fox Valley sets agenda and speakers for April 27 event by Charles Colley
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes the Fox Valley Sustainability Network's GreenTown Conference where CMAP's Lindsay Bayley will be a speaker. CMAP Executive Director Joe Szabo will speak at a Mayors Breakfast preceding the event.

April 13, 2017
Bennett rails against state budget impasse by Joe Boyle
Published by the Reporter Online
This article describes a discussion on the Illinois budget at a recent Southwest Conference of Mayors meeting.

April 11, 2017
Duckworth hears about infrastructure issues from Lake County mayors by Luke Hammill
Published by Lake County News-Sun
This article describes a meeting U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth had with mayors in Lake County.

April 10, 2017
Lincolnshire officials want a development plan for Milwaukee Avenue by Russell Lissau
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes Buffalo Grove and Lincolnshire's intention to apply for the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to create a plan for the Milwaukee Avenue corridor.

April 10, 2017
In the race to boost regional economy, not all jobs are created equal by Joseph C. Szabo
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
In this editorial, CMAP executive director Joseph C. Szabo describes the agency's work on inclusive growth and how it will be part of ON TO 2050.

April 8, 2017
Railroads prepare for freight volumes to rise by Claire Bushey
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article describes an increase in freight traffic in the Chicago region. CMAP's Tom Murtha is quoted.

April 7, 2017
Preparing Chicago for the effects of climate change by Jenn White
Published by WBEZ Chicago, "Morning Shift"
This audio segment describes the Alternative Futures public engagement campaign, specifically the Changed Climate future and forum on April 6. CMAP staffer Kristin Ihnchak is interviewed.

April 5, 2017
Environmental activist gets a voice in plan for the future by Kate MacArthur
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the Alternative Futures public engagement campaign, specifically the Changed Climate future and forum on April 6.

March

March 31, 2017
Plenty of good reasons to remain an Illinoisan by John McCarron
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the changing population demographics in the Chicago region.

March 28, 2017
Jim Ton reports that proposed NIRPC merger with Illinois is dead by Kevin Nevers
Published by Chesterton Tribune
This article describes efforts to repeal a U.S. Department of Transportation rule on Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) consolidation.

March 27, 2017
City of Joliet to upgrade plaza, reopen Chicago Street by Carol Ostrow
Published by Will County Gazette
This article describes a plan to open Chicago Street in Joliet to redevelopment with help from a CMAP grant.

March 25, 2017
Wheeling signs new deal for creek maintenance by Journal Online
Published by Journal & Topics Newspapers
This article describes a $29,500 contract approved by the Wheeling village board to continue maintenance and monitoring of the Buffalo Creek Watershed as required under a deal with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and CMAP.

March 23, 2017
Cook County record third-consecutive population decline by Chris Hagan and Hunter Clauss
Published by WBEZ Chicago
This article describes the changing population demographics in the Chicago region. CMAP's Liz Schuh is quoted.

March 23, 2017
Chicagoland leads U.S. in population loss: Census Bureau by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article describes the changing population demographics in the Chicago region. CMAP's Liz Schuh is quoted.

March 17, 2017
3 reasons why running a business in Chicago is unlike running a business anywhere else by Alaina Brandenburger
Published by CBS Chicago
This article describes the business climate in the region, including the area's large manufacturing cluster.  

March 16, 2017
Police department will soon provide real-time crash data to CDOT by John Greenfield
Published by Streetsblog Chicago
This article describes a plan for new crash data collection and analysis, partially funded by CMAP, which will study real-time multimodal crash information.

March 14, 2017
Gentrification along the 606 could be curbed under new law, aldermen say by Mina Bloom
Published by DNA Info Chicago
This article describes a plan from several alderman who are drafting legislation to charge a "deconversion fee" near the 606 trail.

March 13, 2017
For better or for worse, rent in Aurora going up by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes increasing rental prices in Aurora and mentions CMAP's work on housing issues in the region.

March 9, 2017
IDOT to gauge interest in South Suburban Airport by Andrew Steele
Published by Times of Northwest Indiana
This article describes a request for information from the Illinois Department of Transportation for feasibility and demand around a potential South Suburban Airport.

March 8, 2017
City, County agree to open Chicago Street by Gary Mack
Published by Chicago Tribune community contributor
This article describes a plan to open Chicago Street in Joliet to redevelopment with help from a CMAP grant. 

March 7, 2017
Will County's 2040 road plan moves forward by Susan DeMar Lafferty
Published by the Daily Southtown
This article describes Will County's new long range transportation plan, Will Connects 2040, which is nearing approval.

March 6, 2017
Senators hope to overturn transportation rule by Andrew Steele
Published by Times of Northwest Indiana
This article describes legislation that was introduced in Congress last week that would repeal a U.S. Department of Transportation rule on Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).

March 6, 2017
Bills to repeal MPO consolidation rule enter Congress by Mischa Wanek-Libman
Published by RT & S Magazine
This article describes legislation that was introduced in Congress last week that would repeal a U.S. Department of Transportation rule on Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). CMAP's statement on the rule is quoted. 

March 6, 2017
Residents weight in on Fox River Corridor Plan in Lake, McHenry counties at Cary open house by Hannah Prokop
Published by Northwest Herald
This article describes a public meeting held to kick off the Fox River Corridor Plan in the Counties of McHenry and Lake. The project is supported by the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. CMAP's Kate Evasic is quoted.

March 3, 2017
At 34 mph, doors suddenly opened on car of packed Metra train by Robert Herguth
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
This article describes an incident on the BSNF Metra Line. CMAP Executive Director Joe Szabo is quoted.

March 2, 2017
This shows why immigration is so important to the Chicago region by Whet Moser
Published by Chicago Magazine
This article describes CMAP's Demographics Snapshot and its data analysis of population changes in the Chicago region. CMAP's Elizabeth Schuh is quoted in the article.

March 2, 2017
Carpentersville beautifying its Old Town area by Erin Sauder
Published by Elgin Courier-News
This article describes a plan by the village of Carpentersville to beautify its Old Town area, as was described in A Plan for the Old Town Area of Carpentersville, a plan created with help from the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) team and adopted in 2012. 

February

February 27, 2017
Duckworth says she'd work with Trump on a ‘decent' infrastructure plan by Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes at roundtable discussion held at CMAP with Sen. Tammy Duckworth and other transportation agencies in the region.

February 27, 2017
Duckworth: I'll work with Trump on transportation spending plan by Mary Wisniewski
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes at roundtable discussion held at CMAP with Sen. Tammy Duckworth and other transportation agencies in the region.

February 27, 2017
Duckworth, transit chiefs lay out hope for more US help by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article describes at roundtable discussion held at CMAP with Sen. Tammy Duckworth and other transportation agencies in the region.

February 24, 2017
Economic group touts Lake County as leader in non-traditional commuters by Erin Gallagher
Published by Lake County News-Sun
This article describes trends in commuting for Lake County residents, which were highlighted in CMAP's Travel Trends snapshot report.

February 23, 2017
West Siders train for new life by Mengjie Jiang
Published by Medill Reports
This article describes trends in manufacturing jobs in the Chicago region.

February 22, 2017
Chicago DOT announces two upcoming electric vehicle station info sessions by Carol Ostrow
Published by Chicago City Wire
This article describes webinars about the Drive Clean station application process, which is partially funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

February 22, 2017
What will Albany Park look like in 2030? Help plan the community's future by Patty Wetli
Published by DNA Info Chicago
This article previews a public meeting that was held as part of a Local Technical Assistance (LTA) project on Chicago's North River Communities.  

February 22, 2017
Village board decides on larger parking deck as part of Hinsdale Middle School construction by Kimberly Forenek
Published by The Doings Hinsdale
This article describes plans for a nearly 200-spot parking deck to be built in Hinsdale and references the Hinsdale Innovative Parking Management Plan, which was completed by CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program in 2014. 

February 20, 2017
Emanuel boosts O'Hare express train, but future foggy by Mary Wisnieski
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes plans for an express train between O'Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago. It mentions CMAP's capital projects list from GO TO 2040.

February 20, 2017
Weigh in on Fox River Corridor Plan in Lake and McHenry counties at Cary open house by Northwest Herald
Published by Northwest Herald
This article describes a public meeting for the Fox River Corridor Plan in Lake and McHenry counties, which is supported by the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

February 19, 2017
Letters: Rent stabilization protects low-income tenants by Byron Sigcho
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
This letter to the editor describes affordable housing issues in Chicago.

February 18, 2017
Driverless cars could change urban landscape by Blair Kamin
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the future of autonomous vehicles and what it could mean for Chicago. ON TO 2050 and the Smart Mobility Alternative Futures forum are mentioned.

February 17, 2017
Homelessness count breaks record by Luke Hammill
Published by Lake County News-Sun
This article mentioned a public meeting for the Fox River Corridor Plan in Lake and McHenry counties, which is supported by the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

February 16, 2017
Transit hub increases options for commuters by Journal staff
Published by Journal-Topics Newspapers
This article describes recently completed upgrades to the Rosemont CTA transit center on River Road. CMAP is listed as a partner in the project.

February 15, 2017
Trail advocates seek funding to ‘close the gap' by Sandy Kucharski
Published by the Woodstock Independent
This article describes efforts by the McHenry County Conservation Foundation to secure Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement program grant funds to close the gap on a bike and pedestrian trail between Crystal Lake and Woodstock. 

February 15, 2017
Wilmington to acquire land on South Island by Mike Mallory
Published by Joliet Herald-News
This article describes Wilmington's work with Openlands and CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, including A Downtown Plan for Wilmington.

February 13, 2017
What the numbers reveal about suburban commutes by Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes CMAP's recently published Travel Trends snapshot report and interactive graphic on "A Day in the Life of the Regional Transportation System." CMAP staffer Elizabeth Irvin is quoted.

February 10, 2017
Funding comes through for Carpentersville road improvement project by Erin Sauder
Published by Elgin Courier-News
This article describes a $14 million plan to improve Huntley Road/Route 31 in Carpentersville and highlights CMAP projections of traffic in the area.

February 8, 2017
Hinsdale considers how big a parking garage is needed downtown by Kimberly Fornek
Published by The Doings Hinsdale
This article describes plans to build a new parking garage and the Village of Hinsdale Innovative Parking Management Plan completed by CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program in September 2014.

February 6, 2017
Crystal Lake to apply for federal money to rebuild Route 14-Virginia Road intersection by Kevin P. Craver
Published by Northwest Herald
This article describes Crystal Lake's intention to apply for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds for a road project on Route 14

February 1, 2017
Chicago's Regional Housing Initiative is streamlining affordable housing development by Matthew Messner
Published by The Architects Newspaper
This article describes the Regional Housing Initiative, which brings together several housing authorities, including CMAP, and how developers can apply for the program.

January

January 31, 2017
West Dundee senior housing project scaled back by Erin Sauder
Published by Elgin Courier-News
This article describes plans for an affordable senior housing project in West Dundee and references CMAP's Homes for a Changing Region study.

January 27, 2017
Moran: Washington Street businesses try to keep a built-in customer base by Dan Moran
Published by Lake County News-Sun
This article describes economic development in Waukegan following the Waukegan Washington Street Commercial Corridor Plan completed by the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

January 27, 2017
Pedestrian bridge over Fox River in Aurora in spotlight by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes building a pedestrian bridge over the Fox River in Aurora, which may be partially funded by a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant.

January 26, 2017
Lansing resident is new executive director of mayors, managers group by Erin Gallagher
Published by Daily Southtown
This article describes Kristi DeLaurentiis, who recently become executive director of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association.

January 26, 2017
Federal rule would complicate planners' lives by Andrew Steele
Published by the Times of Northwest Indiana.
This article describes a new federal rule that requires a single transportation plan from urban areas. CMAP published a statement about the new rule's possible effects on the transportation planning process in the Chicago region.

January 13, 2017
Aurora mayor candidate Chapa LaVia announces economic plan by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes economic plans for Aurora released by the city's mayoral candidates, which include finalizing and adopting the Downtown Master Plan underway through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

January 11, 2017
Montgomery village president's top 5 goals for 2017 by Kendall County Now
Published by Montgomery Ledger
This article describes Montgomery Village President Matt Brolley's goals for the year, which include implementing the Oswego, Montgomery, and Yorkville Shared Services Study completed through CMAP's LTA program.

January 6, 2017
City's revitalization vision for river network includes restoring Bridgeport's Bubbly Creek by Monica M. Walk
Published by Gazette Chicago
This article describes plans for Chicago's rivers and mentions the Our Great Rivers' coalition, of which CMAP is a member.

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