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December

December 20, 2012
Chicago Report Makes Transit Extension Benefits Clear
by David Lepeska
Published by Next City
TOPICS: LTA, Transportation
The article covers the release of the livability report on the proposed CTA Red Line South Extension. This project is through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program in partnership with the Developing Communities Project (DCP) and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). 

December 18, 2012
New report makes case for CTA Red Line extension by Natalie Moore
Published by WBEZ 91.5
TOPICS: LTA, Transportation
The radio story covers the release of the livability report on the proposed CTA Red Line South Extension. The project is through CMAP's LTA program in partnership with the Developing Communities Project (DCP) and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). 

December 17, 2012
Illinois' really big fiscal crisis: infrastructure expenses by Joe Cahill
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
TOPICS: Transportation
The column covers the rising cost of infrastructure in Illinois and quotes CMAP's Matt Maloney.

December 14, 2012
Red Gate Bridge set to open in St. Charles by Ashley Rhodebeck
Published by Kane County Chronicle
TOPICS: CMAQ, Transportation
The article previews the opening of the Red Gate Bridge for vehicular traffic in St. Charles. The project is partially funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

December 13, 2012
Suburbs collaborate to rehab abandoned and foreclosed housing by Art Golab
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
TOPICS: Housing, LTA
The article describes the housing collaboratives formed in western and southern Cook County to address long-term housing needs. These collaboratives have participated in the Homes for a Changing Region program led by CMAP, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and Metropolitan Planning Council through the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

December 13, 2012
Plainfield looks to future transportation needs by Madhu Mayer
Published by Naperville Sun
TOPICS: LTA, Transportation
The article covers the development of an updated transportation plan for the Village of Plainfield. This project is funded through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.  The article also appeared in the Herald-News.

December 13, 2012
CMAP Approves $3.1M For Higgins Busse Woods Bike Bridge
Published by Journal & Topics
TOPIC: CMAQ, Transportation
The article describes a new bicycle bridge project in Elk Grove. The project is partially funded through the CMAQ program.

December 12, 2012
Curving the cost of traffic: congestion pricing by Sonali Basak
Published by Road Pricing
TOPICS: Congestion Pricing, Transportation
The blog post covers CMAP's congestion pricing campaign to manage traffic for faster, reliable travel times on five projects of the Illinois Tollway and Illinois Department of Transportation, as described at http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/mobility/roads/congestion-pricing.

December 11, 2012
Algonquin chooses design for pedestrian bridge by Lenore T. Adkins
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: CMAQ, Transportation
The article covers a new pedestrian bridge in Algonquin. The project is partially funded through the CMAQ program.

December 11, 2012
What the Food System Needs Now Is More Infrastructure by Adrien Schless-Meier
Published by Civil Eats
TOPICS: Local Food, LTA
The article covers efforts to support sustainable local food systems in northeastern Illinois, including CMAP's work with Lake County through the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. The article quotes CMAP's Jason Navota.

December 6, 2012
Residents Like Niles' Plan To Go Green by Pam DeFiglio
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: LTA, Sustainability
The article covers the open house held for the Niles Environmental Action Plan. This project is through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

December 5, 2012
Round Lake Heights Seeks A Downtown Identity by Gene Carey
Published by Round Lake Area News
TOPICS: LTA, Land Use
The article describes the public meeting for creation of a comprehensive plan for the Village of Round Lake Heights. The project is through CMAP's LTA program.

November

November 29, 2012
New South Side Plan: From Vacant Land to "Productive Landscapes by John McCarron
Published LISC/Chicago
TOPICS: LTA, Local Food, Land Use
The article describes the Green Healthy Neighborhoods land use plan under development for the neighborhoods of Englewood, Woodlawn, and Washington Park through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. The City of Chicago, LISC/Chicago, Teamwork Englewood, and Washington Park Consortium are partners on this project.

November 28, 2012
Chicago's New E-Truck Incentives
Published by Fleets and Fuels
TOPICS: CMAQ, Energy
The article covers the City of Chicago announcement of a new program to be launched in Spring 2013 to encourage conversion of trucks in private and public fleets from diesel to electric. CMAP allocated $15 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) funds for this effort.

November 26, 2012
Supporting more than 100 communities, CMAP continues commitment to local planning by Joanna Trotter
Published by Metropolitan Planning Council
TOPICS: LTA
The blog post covers a number of projects developed through CMAP's LTA program and the civic partnerships involved in planning and implementing these projects.

November 26, 2012
Extension fails to connect by Ashley Rueff
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Transportation, Data
The article covers the five-year-old I-355 extension and quotes CMAP's Kermit Wies.

November 24, 2012
Long-range plan envisions Town Center for Lakemoor by Mick Zawislak
Published by Daily Herald
The article covers the Village of Lakemoor's draft comprehensive plan, which envisions a new Town Center for the community. This project is through CMAP's LTA program.

November 21, 2012
Englewood Could Become Major Agribusiness Hub
Published by Huffington Post
TOPICS: LTA, Local Food, Land Use
The article covers the Green Healthy Neighborhoods land use plan under development through CMAP's LTA program in partnership with the City of Chicago, LISC/Chicago, Teamwork Englewood, and the Washington Park Consortium. 

November 20, 2012
Englewood To Become Urban Farming Showcase?
Published by Chicagoist
TOPICS: LTA, Local Food, Land Use
The article covers the Green Healthy Neighborhoods land use plan under development through CMAP's LTA program in partnership with the City of Chicago, LISC/Chicago, Teamwork Englewood, and the Washington Park Consortium. 

November 18, 2012
Rushing in to rent out by Mary Ellen Podmolik
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Housing, Land use
The article covers a trend of companies purchasing and rehabbing foreclosed properties for rental. CMAP's Drew Williams-Clark is quoted in the article. The post also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

November 16, 2012
CMAP Rolls Up its Sleeves on Several Area Projects by Tim O'Connor
Published by Journal & Topics
The article covers a series of ongoing and recently announced LTA projects in the northwest suburbs, including projects in Des Plaines, Prospect Heights, Rosemont, Niles, and communities in the Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative.

November 8, 2012
A Regional Oasis: Interactive Display on Chicago's Regional Plan by Trevor Dick and Peter Skosey
Published by American Planning Association
TOPICS: LTA, Land Use, Transportation, GO TO 2040
The blog post by CMAP's Trevor Dick and Metropolitan Planning Council's Peter Skosey previews next April's American Planning Association (APA) National Planning Conference, which will be held in Chicago. The piece describes a booth that will feature local examples of GO TO 2040 implementation from throughout the region.

November 7, 2012
Get an Update on Plainfield's Comprehensive Transportation Plan Nov.14 by Shannon Antinori
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: LTA, Transportation
The article previewed the second public meeting for development of the Village of Plainfield's comprehensive transportation plan. The project is through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

November 6, 2012
As Addams rebuilding looms, Pace preparing new bus routes for it by Richard Wronski
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Transportation, CMAQ
The article covers the Pace and Tollway plans to implement bus service on the additional new lane planned for the I-90 Addams expressway. The federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) administered by CMAP is contributing $38 million to the project.

November 6, 2012
Chicago urban farm district could be the biggest in the nation by Lori Rotenberk
Published by Grist
TOPICS: LTA, Local Food, Land Use
The article covers Chicago's plans for a "green belt" strongly focused on urban agriculture in the Englewood neighborhood, which is a component of the Green Healthy Neighborhoods land use plan under development through CMAP's LTA program in partnership with the City of Chicago, LISC/Chicago, Teamwork Englewood, and the Washington Park Consortium. 

November 1, 2012
Congestion Pricing Could Be Next Traffic Fighter by Tim Healey
Published by Web2Carz
TOPICS: Congestion Pricing, Transportation
The article covers CMAP's Congestion Pricing initiative and website www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing, based on computer-model analysis that demonstrates the need for congestion pricing as a tool to manage traffic for faster, reliable travel times.

 

October

October 29, 2012
Letting drivers pay to avoid expressway delays
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Congestion Pricing, Transportation
The Chicago Tribune editorial page expresses support for CMAP's Congestion Pricing initiative and website www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing, based on computer-model analysis that demonstrates the need for congestion pricing as a tool to manage traffic for faster, reliable travel times. 

October 29, 2012
Elmhurst Alderman Spreads the Word About Energy Efficiency Program, Rebates for Homeowners by Karen Chadra
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: Energy
The article describes a "house party" held by Elmhurst's 1st Ward Alderman Diane Gutenkauf to promote Energy Impact Illinois (EI2) rebates of up to $1,750 (an estimated 70-percent cost savings) for upgrades residents can make to improve the quality of their homes.

October 28, 2012
Energy Impact Illinois touts rebate program for homeowners by Mike Danahey
Published by Elgin Courier-News
TOPICS: Energy
The article covers how Energy Impact Illinois (EI2) is offering up to $1,750 in rebates for upgrades to the home.

October 25, 2012
Putting our toolbox to work in a tough economy with congestion pricing by Mary Sue Barrett
Published by Metropolitan Planning Council
TOPICS: Congestion Pricing, Transportation
Metropolitan Planning Council's President MarySue Barrett's blog post expresses support for CMAP's congestion pricing initiative (www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing) and explores congestion pricing and innovative financing mechanisms, as advocated by MPC in a 2010 series of case studies, The Road Less Traveled: Exploring Congestion Pricing in Chicago

October 24, 2012
Berwyn comprehensive plan completed, Cicero's underway by Brett Schweinberg
Published by My Suburban Life
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the adoption of comprehensive plan for the City of Berwyn and the update of the City of Cicero comprehensive plan. Both projects are through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

October 21, 2012
Poll: Should Congestion Fees be Charged to Reduce Traffic? by Brian Slupski
Published by Patch.com
The article covers CMAP's Congestion Pricing initiative and website www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing, based on computer-model analysis that demonstrates the need for congestion pricing as a tool to manage traffic for faster, reliable travel times. 

October 17, 2012
Patch Flash: CMAP Pushes for Pricier Tolls, Faster Commute by Claudia Lenart
Published Patch.com
TOPICS: Congestion Pricing, Transportation
The article covers the launch of CMAP's Congestion Pricing initiative and website www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing, based on computer-model analysis that demonstrates the need for congestion pricing as a tool to manage traffic for faster, reliable travel times. 

October 17, 2012
Will Chicago Back Congestion-Pricing Plans? by Jonathan Netter
Published by Planetizen
TOPICS: Congestion Pricing, Transportation
This post covers the launch of CMAP's Congestion Pricing initiative and website www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing, based on computer-model analysis that demonstrates the need for congestion pricing as a tool to manage traffic for faster, reliable travel times.

October 16, 2012
Would You Pay to Use Express Lanes During Rush Hour?
Published by Chicagoist
TOPICS: Congestion Pricing, Transportation
This article covers the launch of CMAP's Congestion Pricing initiative and website www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing, based on computer-model analysis that demonstrates the need for congestion pricing as a tool to manage traffic for faster, reliable travel times. 

October 16, 2012
Chicago Congestion Pricing Plan Unveiled: Could New Lanes Cut Commute Times?
Published by Huffington Post
TOPICS: Congestion Pricing, Transportation
The article covers the launch of CMAP's Congestion Pricing initiative and website www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing.

October 15, 2012
Meeting Elgin Sidewalks and Bus Stops Scheduled for November by Mike Danahey
Published by Courier-News
TOPICS: LTA, Transportation
The article covers an upcoming meeting for the development of a sidewalk gap and transit stop study. The project is being developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program

October 15, 2012
Proposed express toll lanes promise to cut commute -- for a price
Published by WGN-TV
TOPICS: Congestion Pricing, Transportation
The video covers the launch of CMAP's Congestion Pricing initiative and website www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing.  CMAP's Jesse Elam is interviewed.

October 15, 2012
Transportation group has plan to solve Chicago's gridlock – but it'll cost you by Eliot Ramos
Published by WBEZ 91.5
TOPICS: Congestion Pricing, Transportation
The article covers the launch of CMAP's Congestion Pricing initiative and website www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing.

October 16, 2012
The Price to Avoid Traffic
Published by Fox News Chicago
TOPICS: Congestion Pricing
The article and video covers the launch of CMAP's Congestion Pricing initiative and website www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing.

October 15, 2012
Getting Around: How much are you willing to pay to avoid traffic? by John Hilkevitch
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Congestion Pricing, Transportation
The article covers the launch of CMAP's Congestion Pricing initiative and website www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing.

October 13, 2012
MP Reviews Future Housing Situation
Published by Journal & Topics
TOPICS: LTA, Housing
The article covers a meeting in Mount Prospect last week for development of the Homes for a Changing Region project with the Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative. The article quotes CMAP's Jonathan Burch and the project is through CMAP's LTA program.

October 11, 2012
Help for home energy efficiency by Felicia Dechter
Published by Oak Park Sun Times
TOPICS: Energy
Columnist Felicia Dechter wrote about her experience attending one of the Energy Impact Illinois (EI2) community outreach events. 

October 10, 2012
Grow Local Food Here in Suburbs, CMAP Says by Claudia Lenart
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: Local food, LTA
The article appears on the Park Ridge website and covers CMAP's video and microsite to support local food systems.

October 8, 2012
CMAP Wants to Bring More Local Food to Your Table by Claudia Lenart
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: Local Food, LTA
The article appeared on the Vernon Hills, Highland Park, and Deerfield Patch websites and covers CMAP's video and microsite to support local food systems.

October 8, 2012
Lifestyle corridor plan would provide connections for walkers and bikers in and around Antioch by Mick Zawislak
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the development of a lifestyle corridor plan for the Village of Antioch. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program

October 5, 2012
Norridge moves forward on comprehensive plan by Cathryn Gran
Published by Harwood Heights News
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the review of a comprehensive plan for the Village of Norridge. This project is through CMAP's LTA program

October 5, 2012
Residents Share Their Vision for Elburn by Susan O'Neill
Published by Elburn Herald
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the development of a comprehensive plan for the Village of Elburn. This project is funded with a Community Planning program grant through CMAP's LTA program

October 4, 2012
CMAP Eyes Local Farm-To-Table Movement As Jobs Creator
Published by Chicagoist
TOPICS: Local food, LTA
The article covers CMAP's video and microsite to support local food systems.

 

September

September 28, 2012
New Work: CMAP Local Food Film
Published by Thirst
TOPICS: LTA, Local Food
This blog post showcases CMAP's new video and microsite to support local food systems. The project was developed in collaboration with Thirst, Mode Project, and Hedrich Blessing.

September 27, 2012
Route 30 Corridor Workshop Gathers Resident Input by Ann C. Piasecki
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: LTA, Land Use, Transportation
The article covers a workshop on the development of the Route 30 Corridor Implementation Plan. The project is funded with a Community Planning program grant through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program

September 21, 2012
How one of Chicago's oldest professions keeps creating jobs by Jason McGregor and Matt Carmichael
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
TOPICS: Freight, Economy, Innovation
The article features data from MetroPulse Jobs and CMAP's freight cluster "drill-down" report in a nice interactive infographic.

September 20, 2012
Berwyn comprehensive plan goes for City Council Approval by Brett Schweinberg
Published by My Suburban Life
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the city council meeting to approve a comprehensive plan for the City of Berwyn. This project is through CMAP's LTA program.

September 11, 2012
Comprehensive transportation study under way in Plainfield by Madhu Mayer
Published by The Herald-News
TOPICS: LTA, Transportation
The article covers the update of the Village of Plainfield's transportation plan. This project is funded with a Community Planning program grant through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program

September 11, 2012
Riverfront access, aesthetics keys for downtown Riverside by Bob Skolnik
Published by Riverside-Brookfield Landmark
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
This article covers the visioning workshop for the development of a downtown plan for Riverside. This project is through CMAP's LTA program.

September 10, 2012
Bike trail through Elgin's northeast side inching closer to reality by Tara Garcia Mathewson
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: CMAQ, Transportation
This article covers the development of a bike trail for the City of Elgin. This project received $85,000 through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

 

August

August 30, 2012
Planners work on Antioch lifestyle corridor by Diana Kuyper
Published by Lake County News-Sun
TOPICS: LTA, Open space, Land use
The article covers the development of a Lifestyle Corridor plan for the Village of Antioch to coordinate greenways with nearby land use and environmental feature and quotes CMAP's Jason Navota. This project is through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program

August 22, 2012
Illinois universities get better at capitalizing on research by Wailin Wong
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICs: Data, Innovation
This article covers data in the August edition of the Illinois Innovation Index that indicates while Illinois universities have witnessed growth of technology transfer in recent years, other states' academic institutions continue to outperform those in Illinois.

August 22, 2012
Illinois schools more innovative, but still trail powerhouses by John Pletz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
TOPICS: Data, Innovation
This article covers data in the August edition of the Illinois Innovation Index that indicates while Illinois universities have witnessed growth of technology transfer in recent years, other states' academic institutions continue to outperform those in Illinois.

August 22, 2012
Intersection Improvements Planned for Cedar and Laraway Roads by Ann C. Piasecki
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: Transportation
The New Lenox Patch wrote about an intersection improvement project under study in the Village to accommodate for anticipated future population growth as forecast by CMAP for the GO TO 2040 plan.

August 15, 2012
Tollway board agrees to help fund study of Highway 53 corridor by Rich Wronski
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Transportation
The article covers the Illinois Tollway Board approval of funding for a land-use plan to be conducted by CMAP and Lake County for the proposed IL 53 extension, which is one of GO TO 2040's major capital projects.  The article quotes CMAP's Matt Maloney.

August 14, 2012
Village officials to talk transportation with community by Sherri Dauskurdas
Published by The Enterprise
TOPICS: LTA, Transportation
The article covers the update of the Village of Plainfield's transportation plan. This project is funded with a Community Planning program grant through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

August 13, 2012
Water report: Sip, don't gulp by Bill Smith
Published by Evanston Now
TOPICS: LTA, Water
The article covers the presentation of a new water conservation and efficiency plan to the City of Evanston alderman. This is a project through CMAP's LTA program.

August 8, 2012
Understanding the connection between tax policy and economic development by Matt Maloney
Published by Metropolitan Planning Council
TOPICS: Economic development
This blog post written by CMAP's Matt Maloney focuses on CMAP's two-part series on how property tax classification can impede development and infill.

August 2, 2012
Report: Airfreight Going Up by Tom Robb
Published by Journal & Topics
TOPICS: Transportation, Regional Mobility, Freight
The article cover's CMAP's recently released freight "drill-down" report and quotes CMAP's Matt Maloney and Garett Ballard-Rosa.

 

July

July 24, 2012
New Grant for Future Road Improvements by Brock Stein
Published by The Times Weekly
TOPICS: LTA, Transportation
The article covers the development of a transportation plan for the Village of Plainfield. This is a project through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

July 24, 2012
The Cities that Work Series: Regional collaboration, local action needed in tri-state planning by Paula Worthington
Published by: Metropolitan Planning Council
TOPICS: Transportation
This blog post written by Paula Worthington of the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy highlights the importance of cooperation between southeast Wisconsin, northeastern Illinois, and northwest Indiana. It mentions the potential to build on existing relationships between CMAP, the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

July 23, 2012
Public input sought on environmental goals for Niles by Tracey Gruen
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
TOPICS: LTA, Sustainability
The article previews the first public meeting for the development of an Environmental Action Plan for the Village of Nile and quotes CMAP's Kristin Inchak. This is a project through CMAP's LTA program.

July 22, 2012
Derailments fact of life in the suburbs by Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: Transportation, Regional Mobility, Freight
This article covers freight train derailments in Illinois and mentions data from CMAP's freight "drill-down" report.

July 22, 2012
CMAP Report Highlights Need for Coordinated Rail Infrastructure Policies in Chicago by Matt Ball
Published by Informed Infrastructure
TOPICS: Transportation, Regional Mobility, Freight
The article covers the release and findings of CMAP's freight "drill-down" report.

July 20, 2012
Algonquin residents suggest improvements for downtown by Elena Ferrarin
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: LTA, Land Use
The article covers the development of a downtown plan for Algonquin. The project is funded by a Community Planning Program grant through CMAP's LTA program.

July 20, 2012
Residents tell planners how to make Algonquin more inviting by Joseph Bustos
Published by Northwest Herald
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the development of a downtown plan for Algonquin. The project is funded by a Community Planning Program grant through CMAP's LTA program.

July 19, 2012
Get Chicago freight on track to future, agency says by Thomas Frisbie
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
TOPICS: Transportation, Regional Mobility, Freight
The article covers the release and findings of CMAP's freight "drill-down" report.

July 19, 2012
Chicago's most wanted workers: techies, nurses by Jon Pletz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
TOPICS: Innovation, Human Capital
The article covers the July Illinois Innovation Index e-newsletter that examinedthe use of online job postings to track metropolitan Chicago's labor supply and demand.

July 19, 2012
Traffic planning takes center stage in Plainfield by Sherri Dauskurdas
Published by The Enterprise
TOPICS: LTA, Transportation
The article covers the development of a transportation plan for the Village of Plainfield. The project is funded by a Community Planning Program grant through CMAP's LTA program.

July 18, 2012
Report: Tax classes are a drag on growth by Bill Smith
Published by Evanston Now
TOPICS: State and local tax policy
The article covers the first in our two-part interactive series of issue briefs, Decoding Property Taxes and Classification.

July 17, 2012
Campton Hills could vote to establish its objectives by Ashley Rhodebeck
Published by Kane County Chronicle
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the presentation of the Campton Hills comprehensive plan to the Village Board and quotes CMAP's Jason Navota. This is a project through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

July 17, 2012
Grant to pay for Plainfield transportation study by Madhu Mayer
Published by Herald-News
TOPICS: LTA, Transportation
The article covers the development of a transportation plan for the Village of Plainfield. The project is funded by a Community Planning Program grant through CMAP's LTA program.

July 17, 2012
Grant Will Fund Transportation Plan Update by Shannon Antinori
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: LTA, Transportation
This Plainfield Patch article covers the development of a transportation plan for the Village of Plainfield.

July 13, 2012
ULI Issues Recommendations for Prison, US Steel Sites by Robert Carr
Published by GlobeSt.com
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
This article covers the release of recommendations from the Urban Land Institute Chicago for the redevelopment of the Old Joliet Prison and U.S. steel site. This was a project through CMAP's LTA program.

July 12, 2012
How Can the Route 53 Extension be Funded? by Angela Morrey
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: Transportation, GO TO 2040
This Lake Zurich Patch article covers the Illinois Tollway Blue Ribbon Advisory Council recommendation to extend Route 53. The extension of Route 53 is one of GO TO 2040's major capital projects.

July 11, 2012
Carpentersville pushes ahead with Old Town plan by Erin Sauder
Published by Courier News
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the Village of Carpentersville board's approval of a downtown plan for the Village's Old Town Area. This is a project through CMAP's LTA program.

July 7, 2012
Milwaukee and Chicago Need a Collaborative Effort by Richard C. Longworth
Published by Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
TOPICS: Innovation
This opinion piece fromRichard C. Longworth, senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs,  on the need for collaboration across the southeast Wisconsin, northeastern Illinois, northwest Indiana region and mentions CMAP's participation in the recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development territorial review for the mega-region.

July 5, 2012
Plan to help guide Carpentersville's vision of Old Town by Lenore T. Adkins
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the scheduled vote by the Village of Carpentersville board on a comprehensive plan for the Village's Old Town Area and quotes CMAP's Trevor Dick. This is a project through CMAP's LTA program.

July 2012
How to grow a local food system by Gail Goldberger
Published by Natural Awakenings
TOPICS: LTA, Local food, GO TO 2040
The article covers the definition and importance of local food systems and quotes CMAP's Jason Navota. Currently CMAP is working on the development of local of food systems in Lake County, Kane County, and the City of Chicago through CMAP's LTA program.

 

June

June 26, 2012
Elburn plans open house on comprehensive plan by Al Lagattolla
Published by Kane County Chronicle
TOPICS: LTA
The article covers a public meeting on the update of the Village of Elburn's comprehensive plan, an project funded by a $100,000 grant through our LTA program.

June 17, 2012
Arlington Hts. continues suburb talks on future housing by Deborah Donovan
Published: Daily Herald
TOPICS: LTA, Housing
The article covers the Village of Arlington Heights public meeting for the Homes for a Changing Region report.  Arlington Heights is one of the five communities involved in the Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative, which is the focus of this Homes report. This project is part of CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

June 14, 2012
Charting the course for Elburn by Lynn Meredith
Published by Elburn Herald
TOPICS: LTA
The article covers the update of the Village of Elburn's comprehensive plan, a project funded by a $100,000 grant through our LTA program.

June 14, 2012
How Do You Want Arlington Heights To Look? by Quincy Hodges
Published: Patch
TOPICS: LTA, Housing
This Arlington Heights Patch.com article covers the Village of Arlington Heights public meeting for Homes for a Changing Region, one of the five communities involved in the Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative. This is part of CMAP's LTA program.

June 13, 2012
Arlington Heights Northwest Cook County Public Workshop Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)Workshop Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Published by The Arlington Cardinal
TOPICS: LTA, Housing
The article covers the Village of Arlington Heights public meeting for Homes for a Changing Region, one of the five communities involved in the Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative. This is part of CMAP's LTA program.

June 11, 2012
Northwest suburbs team up to examine their housing markets' future by Steve Zalusky
Published by: Daily Herald
TOPICS: LTA, Housing
The article covers public workshops for the five communities involved in the Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative as part of Homes for a Changing Region. This is part of CMAP's LTA program.

May

May 31, 2012
$55,000 grant for Seven Generations Ahead by Bill Dwyer
Published by Oak Leaves
TOPICS: LTA
The article covers Seven Generations Ahead receipt of a grant from the Chicago Community Trust at the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Ideas Exchange event and quotes CMAP's Bob Dean.

May 25, 2012
Seven Generations Ahead Lands Major Grant by Casey Cora
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: LTA
The article covers Seven Generations Ahead receipt of a grant from the Chicago Community Trust at the LTA Ideas Exchange event.

May 25, 2012
Panel Recommends Mass Transit for rebuilt Addams Tollway by Richard Wronski
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Transportation
The article covers advisory council recommendations to rebuild the I-90 Jane Addams Memorial Tollway to the Illinois Tollway board of directors and quotes CMAP's Don Kopec. 

May 23, 2012
Experts: A Local Sustainable Food System is Worth Billions by Claudia Lenart
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: LTA, Local food
This article appeared on the Lake Zurich and Libertyville Patch websites and covers the development of a local food system in Lake County, an LTA project. CMAP's Jason Navota is quoted. 

May 22, 2012
Elburn OKS Blackberry Creek watershed plan by Johnathan Blyk
Published by Kane County Chronicle
TOPICS: Water
The article covers the Village of Elburn's adoption of the Blackberry Creek watershed plan, developed by The Conservation Foundation and CMAP.

May 18, 2012
Monday last chance to chime in on Campton Hills plan by Harry Hitzeman
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: LTA, Land Use
The article covers the open house for the draft comprehensive plan for the Village of Campton Hills, a Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program project, and quotes CMAP's Jason Navota.

May 17, 2012
Open house for Village plan set in Campton Hills
by Ashley Rhodebeck
Published by Kane County Chronicle
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the open house for the draft comprehensive plan for the Village of Campton Hills, a LTA project, and quotes CMAP's Jason Navota.

May 14, 2012
Measuring innovation to identify challenges and opportunities
Published by Daily Herald Business Ledger
TOPICS: Livability, Data
This CMAP-submitted article focused on the innovation metrics examined in the Illinois Innovation Index.

May 9, 2012
Launch Niles Green Plan by Tom Robb
Published by Journal Online
TOPICS: LTA, Livability
The article covers the development of an environmental sustainability plan for the Village of Niles based on recommendations from the Village's 2030 comprehensive plan. The environmental sustainability is project in CMAP's LTA program.

May 9, 2012
Joint Water Table Looks at City's Water Supply by Matt Simonett
Published by Evanston Roundtable
TOPICS: LTA, Water
The article covers the development of a water efficiency plan for the City of Evanston, an LTA project, and quotes CMAP's Amy Talbot.

May 9, 2012
Village Leaders, Citizens to Consider Future Housing Needs by Cristel Mohrman
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: LTA, Housing
This Buffalo Grove Patch article covers the Village of Buffalo Grove public meeting for Homes for a Changing Region, one of the five communities involved in the Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative. This is part of CMAP's LTA program.

May 9, 2012
Planning for livability with CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program by Erin Aleman
Published by The Connector
TOPICS: LTA, Livability
This blog post was written by CMAP's Erin Aleman and covers the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program and the inaugural LTA Ideas Exchange event.

May 9, 2012
The State of American Infrastructure by Rachel Maccleery
Published by the Atlantic Cities
TOPICS: Water, Land use
This article how metropolitan areas address infrastructure, citing Water 2050 as an example of using land use strategies to preserve water supplies.

May 7, 2012
Report may pave the way for new ‘parkway' in Lake County by Richard Wronski
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Transportation, GO TO 2040
This article covers upcoming Illinois Route 53/120 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council draft report on the extension of IL Route 53 north through Central Lake County and quotes CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn.

April

April 23, 2012
Morton Grove ready to show off its industrious side by Cathrynn Gran
Published by Morton Grove Champion
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
This article covers the start of the Morton Grove industrial areas planning process, an LTA project and quotes CMAP staff Nicole Woods.

April 19, 2012
Fairmont: Will board OKs plan to fix up ‘distressed community' by Tony Graf
Published by Herald-News
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the Will County Board approval of the Fairmont Neighborhood Plan, a Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program project. The article was also reprinted in the Naperville Sun, Southtown Star, and Beacon News.

April 17, 2012
Lakemoor residents asked to help in shaping the village's big picture by Mick Zawislak
Published by  Daily Herald
TOPICS: LTA, Land Use
This article covers the visioning workshop for the Lakemoor comprehensive plan, a project in CMAP's LTA program, and quotes CMAP staff Jason Navota.

April 11, 2012
Should I-290 drivers pay to extend Route 53? By Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: Transportation
The article covers a Illinios Route 53/120 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council meeting held on April 10, which focused on how to potentially fund the new Central Lake County Corridor. It is one of GO TO 2040's five new major capital projects.

April 9, 2012
Milwaukee region meets ozone standards, EPA to report by Lee Bergquist
Published by Milwaukee Journal
TOPICS: CMAQ, Transportation, Air Quality
The article covers the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to place northeastern Illinois in non-attainment status, which will let our region continue receiving millions in federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program funds. The article quotes CMAP's Don Kopec.

April 4, 2012
Study Outlines Potential Upgrade Options for Lake Zurich Water Management Plans By Mitchell Armentrout
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: Water, LTA
The article covers the completion of the Lake Zurich water resources plan, developed by the Metropolitan Planning Council, in partnership with CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program,  the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and the Illinois Indiana Sea Grant.

April 4, 2012
A More "Complete" Madison Street? By Casey Cora
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: CMAQ, Transportation
This article covers about the Village of Oak Park's plans to put Madison street on a "road diet" to reduce car traffic and add bike lanes. The project is partially funded by the CMAQ program.

March

March 31, 2012
Four roundabouts in planning stages in McHenry County by Chris Cashman
Published by Northwest Herald
TOPICS: CMAQ, Transportation
The article coversthe development of four roundabouts planned for McHenry County. The project is partially funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

March 31, 2012
With an eye on the future, Joliet looks at U.S. Steel, old prison development by Bob Okon
Published by Herald-News
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
This article covers the LTA project that developed redevelopment recommendations for the former Joliet Correctional Center.

March 19, 2012
Chicago lags smaller metro areas in patent output by John Pletz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
TOPICS: Innovation
This article covers the March Innovation Index that examines data on the patent output of the region.

March 16, 2012
Energy Impact Illinois offers home performance rebate for Rockford homeowners by Ryan Sweikert
Published by Rockford Register Star
TOPICS: EI2, Energy
This article covers a rebate offered for Rockford homeowners through Energy Impact Illinois (EI2).  The rebate was also covered in the March 14 to 20 issue of Rock River Times and quotes CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn.

March 12, 2012
One Region, Two Plans? How Chicagoland can take economic flight? By Paula Worthington
Published by Chicago Policy Review
TOPICS: Economic-workforce development, Innovation, Transportation
This post offers the author's opinion and evaluation of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation  and Development (OECD) Territorial Review and points to CMAP and the metropolitan planning organizations of northwest Indiana and southwest Wisconsin "to lead the resources and energies of stakeholders in the Chicago tri-state region."

March 11, 2012
Is a Reinvention on the Horizon for Joliet? By Bob Okon
Published by Joliet Herald-News
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
This article covers development projects in Joliet including the redevelopment of the Joliet Correctional Center, an LTA project, and quotes CMAP's Pete Saunders.

March 10, 2012
Report: Make Illinois, neighboring states an economic driver for world by Anna Marie Kukec
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: Economic-workforce development, Innovation, Transportation
The article covers the release of the OECD Territorial Review that assessed the tri-state mega region of  northeast Illinois, northwest Indiana, and southeast Wisconsin.

March 9, 2012
Report urges overhaul of Chicago area economy by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
TOPICS: Economic-workforce development, Innovation, Transportation
The article covers the release of the OECD Territorial Review that assessed the tri-state mega region of  northeast Illinois, northwest Indiana, and southeast Wisconsin.

March 9, 2012
Study: Chicago area needs innovation to maintain competitive edge by Bowdeya Tweh
Published by Northwest Indiana Times
TOPICS: Economy-workforce development, Innovation, Transportation
This article covers the release of OECD Territorial Review that assessed the tri-state mega region of northeast Illinois, northwest Indiana, and southeast Wisconsin.The study was organized by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and numerous other organizations, including CMAP. 

March 8, 2012
City officials reveal new concepts for Bloomingdale Trail by Blair Kamin
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: CMAQ, Transportation, Open Space
This article covers the City of Chicago's release of new concepts for the proposed Bloomingdale Trail, a project that will receive funds through the FY2012-16 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

March 5, 2012
Going with the Traffic Flow by Stephanie Lulay
Published by Beacon News
TOPICS: CMAQ, Transportation
This article covers traffic control upgrades in the City of Aurora, projects funded through the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

February

February 27, 2012
Lake County Survey Seeks Clearer Picture of Pace Bus Use by Amy Alderman
Published by TribLocal
TOPICS: Transportation
This Libertyville TribLocal article covers information gathering for an area bus routes study partially- funded by CMAP's Unified Work Program grant of $350,000.

February 22, 2012
New program promotes energy efficiency by Tom Decker
Published by Metropolitan Planning Council
TOPICS: EI2, Energy
This blog posts describes the Employer Assisted Housing Retrofit program (EAH-R), an program through Energy Impact Illinois (EI2). On March 8, WREX-13 also wrote about the rebate program on their website.

February 20, 2012
Orland Park seeks water conservation input by Mike Nolan
Published by Southtown Star
TOPICS: LTA, Water
This article covers the development of a water conservation code for Orland Park through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

February 17, 2012
Orland Park praised for its water conservation efforts by Dennis Sullivan
Published by TribLocal
TOPICS: LTA, Water
This Orland Park TribLocal article covers the development of water conservation code for Orland Park, a Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program project. The article quotes CMAP staff Hala Ahmed.


February 16, 2012
Chicago tumbles as R&D capital by John Pletz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
TOPICS: Innovation
This article covers the February Illinois Innovation Index examining private research and development (R&D) spending in the state.

Februrary 15, 2012
A New Focus on Sustainable Regions by Carissa Schively Slotterback
Published by APA Sustaining Places
TOPICS: Data
This blog post highlights how MetroPulse will be used in a regional planning case study in a series of best practices case studies.

February 14, 2012
Riverside gives downtown planning another go by Bob Uphues
Published by Riverside-Brookfield Landmark
TOPICS: LTA
This article covers the kickoff of the development of a central business district plan, an LTA project. The article quotes CMAP staff Trevor Dick.

February 8, 2012
A guide to digging our way out by Southtown Star Editorial Board
Published by Southtown Star
TOPICS: LTA, Housing
This editorial offers support for the "Homes for a Changing Region" report for South Cook communities. The report is part of the LTA program.

January

January 26, 2012
Fairmont community holds public meeting about long-term plans by Mary Owen
Published by TribLocal
TOPICS: LTA, Land Use
This Joliet TribLocal article covers the presentation of the draft Fairmont neighborhood plan, a Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program project.  The article quotes CMAP staff Trevor Dick.

January 24, 2012
Why did the LED Light Bulb Cross the Road by Roland Risser
Published by Energy.gov
TOPICS: Energy, EI2
This blog post highlights Energy Impact Illinois "The Energy Bills" campaign, a series of webisodes offering an informative yet entertaining look at how residents of northeastern Illinois can save energy and money by improving their home's efficiency.

January 19, 2012
Illinois loses some jobs, offset by startup gains by John Pletz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
TOPICS: Economic, Innovation, Data
The article covers recent data on business moves and starts featured in the January edition of the Illinois Innovation Index.

January 17, 2012
Big Toll hike steers drivers to detours by Richard Wronski
Published by The Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Transportation
The article covers impact of the Illinois Tollway's toll increases, which went into effect at the start of the year.  CMAP Executive Director Randy Blankenhorn is quoted.

January 15, 2012
‘Vision' for Campton Hills getting closer by Harry Hitzeman
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: LTA
The article covers the presentation of land use plans to the Village of Campton Hills board and plan commission as part of the Villages efforts on its first comprehensive plan.

January 2, 2012
Metra installs new air filters in rail cars to reduce harmful diesel soot by Michael Hawthorne
Published by: Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Air Quality, CMAQ, Transportation
The article covers Metra's installation of new air filters in air cars, a project funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement program.

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