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December

December 10, 2013
Chinatown Survey Results Help Shape 'Vision Plan' For Future by Casey Cora
Published by DNA Info
The article covers the December 9 public meeting for the Chinatown Community Vision Plan. The project is being developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

December 5, 2013
Town Hall Set for Chinatown ‘Vision Plan' by Casey Cora
Published by DNA Info
The article previews the December 9 public meeting for the Chinatown Community Vision Plan. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

December 4, 2013
Niles looking to improve bike, pedestrian transportation by Lee V. Gaines
Published by Chicago Tribune
The article highlights the bicycle and pedestrian plan under development in Niles. The project is developed through CMAP's LTA program.

December 4, 2013
Who's minding the metro area? An Oak Lawn teen, for one by Steve Metsch
Published by Southtown Star
The article quotes Future Leaders in Planning participant Sarah Dynia. She discusses the program and the importance of long-range planning.

November

November 25, 2013
Housing study workshops wrap up in Tri-Cities by Stephanie K. Baer
Published by the Chicago Tribune
The article describes the St. Charles Homes for a Changing Region November 20 public meeting. The project is being developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

November 21, 2013
Putting the speed back in speedway
Published by Chicago Tribune
CMAP Executive Director Randy Blankenhorn's op-ed advocates for express toll lanes as the most effective strategy for managing traffic region-wide.

November 21, 2013
Workshop helps pinpoint St. Charles' future housing needs by Nicole Weskerna
Published by Kane County Chronicle
The article describes Homes for a Changing Region public meetings in Geneva and St. Charles. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

November 20, 2013
Batavia residents, aldermen weigh in on housing needs by Stephanie K. Baer
Published by Chicago Tribune
The article describes Homes for a Changing Region public meeting held in Batavia. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

November 16, 2013
Down the Road: Major transportation projects in the Chicago area by Tina Sfondeles
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
The article covers the more than 50 projects receiving $286 million in federalfunding through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program. The article quotes CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn.

November 13, 2013
O'Hare western access gets $69 million federal boost by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
The article covers $69 million allocation of funding for the Illinois Tollway's Elgin O'Hare Western Access project. It is one of the more than 50 projects receiving $286 million in federalfunding through CMAP's CMAQ program.

November 13, 2013
Feds back proposed Randall Road fix by Kevin P. Craver
Published by Northwest Herald
The article covers $10.6 million allocation of funding for Randall Road continuous-flow intersection. It is one of the more than 50 projects receiving $286 million in federalfunding through CMAP's CMAQ program.

November 12, 2013
Des Plaines railroad bridge among projects to get federal funds by Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
The article covers the more than 50 projects receiving $286 million in federalfunding through CMAP's CMAQ program.

November 11, 2013
Tri-Cities residents begin to discuss local housing's future by Stephanie K. Baer
Published by Chicago Tribune
The article describes a November Homes for a Changing Region public meeting in Geneva.  The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

November 1, 2013
North Chicago to look at new comprehensive plan by Judy Masterson
Published by Lake County News-Sun
The article covers the development of the City of North Chicago comprehensive plan. The project is being developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program

October

October 30, 2013
Number's up for Elgin-O'Hare by Richard Wronski
Published by Chicago Tribune
The article covers the Illinois Tollway breaking ground for the Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) project with a new $34 million CMAQ program grant. This brings the total federal funds from CMAP for this GO TO 2040 project to $68.7 million. 

October 28, 2013
After 100 years, Fairmont gets a sidewalk by Cindy Wojdyla Cain
Published by The Herald News
The article covers the Fairmont community's first sidewalk. The sidewalk is one of the implementation activities of the Fairmont neighborhood plan, developed in partnership with CMAP's LTA program.

October 25, 2013
Kane, Campton, South Elgin, awarded $400K for planning help by Jonathan Bilyk
Published by Kane County Chronicle
The article covers Kane County and other municipalities receiving technical assistance to develop planning projects through CMAP's LTA program.

October 24, 2013
Lakemoor ready to raze old village hall by Mick Zawislak
Published by Daily Herald
The article describes how the Village of Lakemoor will conduct a market study to better understand the development potential for the Town Center area, as recommended by the project developed through CMAP's LTA program.

October 22, 2013
Study: North Aurora's affordable housing stock dropped by Erick Schelkopf
Published by the Kane County Chronicle
The article describes a presentation to the North Aurora Village Board in support of the Homes for a Changing Region plan underway for the community, as well as Geneva, St. Charles, and Batavia. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

October 15, 2013
Housing market studied in St. Charles by Ashley Sloboda
Published by Kane County Chronicle
The article describes a presentation to the St. Charles Planning and Development Committee and Housing Commission in support of the Homes for a Changing Region plan underway for the community, as well as Geneva, North Aurora, and Batavia. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

October 11, 2013
Input sought for changes to Des Plaines River Trail by Elizabeth Owens-Schiele
Published by Chicago Tribune
The article covers the effort to solicit public feedback on the Northwest Municipal Conference's Des Plaines River Trail Corridor Plan.

October 9, 2013
Study shows decrease in Batavia's affordable housing by Eric Schelkopf
Published by Kane County Chronicle
The article describes a presentation to Batavia's Village Board in support of the Homes for a Changing Region plan underway for the community, as well as Geneva, North Aurora, and St. Charles. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

October 8, 2013
Report: Batavia sees decrease in affordable housing
Published by Daily Herald
The article describes a presentation to Batavia's Village Board in support of the Homes for a Changing Region plan underway for the community, as well as Geneva, North Aurora, and St. Charles. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program

October 4, 2013
Input Provides Hope For Apache Park Area by Tim O'Connor
Published by Journal & Topics
The article covers a public meeting held for the Apache Park Neighborhood Plan under development by the City of Des Plaines. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

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June

June 27, 2013
Residents Embark on Quest to Address Parking Quandary by Dani Chung
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: LTA
The article describes a public meeting to discuss parking management strategies for Chicago's Bucktown-Wicker Park neighborhoods. The project is being developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

June 27, 2013
Wicker Park Parking Ideas Include Shuttle, Ending Loading Zone Abuses by Mike Brockway
Published by DNAinfo Chicago
The article describes a public meeting to discuss parking management strategies for Chicago's Bucktown-Wicker Park neighborhoods. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

June 27, 2013
Wicker Park Parking Ideas Include Shuttle, Demand-Based Pricing
Published by The Expired Meter
The article describes a public meeting to discuss parking management strategies for Chicago's Bucktown-Wicker Park neighborhoods. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

June 23, 2013
Public Forum to Address Parking Woes, Cyclist Lanes by Carrie Frillman
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: LTA
The article describes an upcoming public meeting for the development of parking management strategies for Chicago's Bucktown-Wicker Park neighborhoods. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

June 20, 2013
Public forum on parking to address neighborhood concerns by Dani Chung
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: LTA
The article describes an upcoming public meeting for the development of parking management strategies for Chicago's Bucktown-Wicker Park neighborhoods. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

June 17, 2013
Second City . . . actually make that 10th by Lisa Bertagnoli
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
TOPICS: Economic Development
The article describes what makes the metropolitan Chicago region great and what could it make even better. CMAP's Erin Aleman is among the opinionators quoted in the article.

June 17, 2013
CMAP, Lake County, and Communities to Partner in Development of IL Route 53/120 Corridor by Lake County Government
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: LTA, Transportation
The announcement covers the partnership of CMAP, Lake County, and other communities to develop the extension of the Illinois Route 53/120 Corridor. The land use plan is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

June 11, 2013
River Forest considers new ways to pay for flood relief by Deborah Kadin
Published by Wednesday Journal
TOPICS: Water
The article covers the Village of River Forest efforts to pay for flood relief and quotes CMAP's Jesse Elam.

June 7, 2013
Elgin, others look to chart housing needs by Lenore T. Adkins
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: Housing, LTA
The article previewed June's Homes for a Changing Region workshops for the communities of Carpentersville, Elgin, East Dundee, and West Dundee.

June 3, 2013
Legislators give go-ahead to new Elgin-O'Hare toll road by Richard Wronski
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Transportation
The article covers the approval for the Illinois Tollway to build theElgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) project. The EOWA is one of five new major capital projects recommended in GO TO 2040.  

May

May 28, 2013
Land-use plan approved by Northlake City Council by Mark Lawton
Published by Franklin Park Herald Journal
TOPICS: Land Use, LTA
The article covers the unanimous adoption of the Northlake Comprehensive Plan. The project was developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

May 27, 2013
Is Illinois road funding split fair – or ‘arbitrary'? by Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: Transportation
The Daily Herald's Marni Pyke described CMAP's proposal to use "performance-based funding" for highway and bridge projects in Illinois.A new microsite describes how improved transparency and data-based decision making are needed to ensure that transportation investments yield broader economic and quality-of-life benefits.

May 23, 2013
Niles planning new ways to get around by Igor Studenkov
Published by Niles Herald-Spectator
TOPICS: LTA, Transportation
The article covers the bicycle and pedestrian plan underway in Niles. The bike-ped plan will help implement theNiles Environmental Action Plan. The projects are through CMAP's LTA program.

May 22, 2013
Wheels in Motion by Tom Robb
Published by Journal & Topics
TOPICS:LTA, Transportation
The article covers the bicycle and pedestrian plan underway in Niles. The bike-ped plan will help implement the Niles Environmental Action Plan. The projects are through CMAP's LTA program.

May 21, 2013
Norridge looks to revamp, simplify zoning by Kevin Beese
Published by Norridge-Harwood Heights News
TOPICS: Land use, LTA
The article describes efforts to update the Village of Norridge's zoning ordinance to better-reflect the Norridge comprehensive plan, which was unanimously adopted last fall.

May 21, 2013
Glen Ellyn debates future of downtown by Quan Truong
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Land use, LTA
The article describes the presentation to the Glen Ellyn Village Board on its draft downtown streetscape and parking study. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

May 20, 2013
So what's (still) made in the Chicago area? by Susie An
Published by WBEZ.com
TOPICS: Economic-workforce development, Innovation
The article answers the question "so, what's (still) made in the Chicago area?"and quote CMAP's Garrett Ballard-Rosa and Simone Weil. The article mentions research from CMAP's Metropolitan Chicago's Manufacturing Cluster: A Drill-Down Report on Innovation, Workforce, and Infrastructure.

May 20, 2013
Downtown Glen Ellyn study includes intersection improvements, increased parking visibility by Mary Beth Versaci
Published: My Suburban Life
The article describes the presentation to the Glen Ellyn Village Board on its draft downtown streetscape and parking study. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

May 19, 2013
The tale of ‘Elevate Chicago' and foreclosure blight in the neighborhoods by John McCarron
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Land use, LTA
The column mentions the Green Healthy Neighborhoods land use plan in a piece on Chicago's struggle with the foreclosure crisis. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program, in partnership with City of Chicago, LISC/Chicago, Teamwork Englewood, the South East Chicago Commission, and Washington Park Consortium.

May 19, 2013
Riverside's new village president lays out his goals by Jerry Moore
Published by My Suburban Life
The article describes goals of incoming Riverside Village President Ben Sells, including implementation of the recently adopted Central Business District plan. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

May 15, 2013
CMAP Receives Prestigious Award
Published by Southland Voice
TheSouthland Voicecovers CMAP's National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Agency, which CMAP received from the American Planning Association at their 2013 National Conference.

May 15, 2013
Parking Made Painless: City Maps and New Apps Help Address Often Underestimated Issue by Lisa Battles
Published by Livability.com
Livability.com references CMAP's "Parking Strategies for Livable Communities" report in an article on ways cities are improving their parking.The report is guiding development of parking management studies in Hinsdale and Chicago'sWicker Park-Bucktown neighborhood.

May 9, 2013
Workshop set on future of housing in Dundee Twp. Towns by Erin Sauder
Published by Courier-News
The article describes the Homes for a Changing Region project with Carpentersville, East Dundee, Elgin, and West Dundee.

May 9, 2013
Strengthening Chicago's manufacturing base the easy way by Marc J. Lane
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
The opinion piece focuses on opportunities to make the Chicago area a hub for manufacturing. The piece references CMAP's regional manufacturing cluster drill-down report.

May 7, 2013
New members of Riverside Village Board sworn into office by Jerry Moore
Published by My Suburban Life
The article summarized the accomplishments of former Riverside Village President Michael Gorman as he stepped down from office. President Gorman, who is also a member of the CMAP Board, urged the Village Board and residents to implement the recently adopted Central Business District plan. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

May 3, 2013
Sustainability Busts Out of Its Cubicle, Permeates DOT, HUD, and EPA by Tanya Snyder
Published by DC Streetsblog
The article describes the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the partnership between the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Environmental Protection Agency, and highlights the implementation of GO TO 2040 as one of the partnership's efforts.

May 1, 2013
Report: Palatine Needs More Senior Housing in the Future
Published by Patch.com
The article covers the recently completed Homes for Changing Region project that involved the Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative (Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine, and Rolling Meadows). 

April

April 30, 2013
A Riverside Plan that respects and challenges
Published by Riverside-Brookfield Landmark
TOPICS: Land use, LTA
The editorial voices support for the Riverside Central Business District Plan. The project was developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

April 30, 2013
Riverside OKs new downtown plan
Published by Riverside-Brookfield Landmark
TOPICS: Land use, LTA
The article describes the Riverside Central Business District Plan. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

April 30, 2013
Oak Park is strong on energy, weaker on biking, says first sustainability report card by Deborah Kadin
Published by Wednesday Journal
TOPICS: Data, LTA, Sustainability
The article describes the Community Sustainability Report Card, which tracks implementation progress for Oak Park's and River Forest's environmental sustainability plan, PlanItGreen.  CMAP assisted with data aggregation and indicator analysis for the report card through its LTA program.

April 23, 2013
Riverside board adopts CMAP plan for downtown
Published by My Suburban Life
TOPICS: Land use, LTA
The article describes the Riverside Central Business District Plan. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

April 22, 2013
Can Transportation Options Energize Englewood? by John Greenfield
Published by Streetsblog Chicago
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article describes efforts to revitalize transportation in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood and mentions the Green Healthy Neighborhoods land use plan.  The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

April 16, 2013
Sells lays out agenda for new Riverside village board by Bob Uphues
Published by Riverside-Brookfield Landmark
TOPICS: Land use, LTA
The article describes the Riverside Central Business District Plan. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

April 16, 2013
What's next for Chicago's open data strategy
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
TOPICS: Data
The article describes a American Planning Association conference panel "Open Data in the Chicago Region," which included CMAP's Drew Williams-Clark and Greg Sanders.

April 11, 2013
Have a Vision for Chinatown's Future? Send a Postcard From 2040
by Tanveer Ali
Published by DNAinfo.com
TOPICS: LTA
The article covers the kickoff event for the development of the Chinatown Community Vision Plan. The project is being developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

April 9, 2013
As costs rise, using less is goal of Oak Park's water plan by Anna Lothson
Published by Wednesday Journal
TOPICS: Water, LTA
The article covers the Oak Park Village Board's adoption of its water conservation and efficiency plan. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

April 5, 2013
Cook County releases agenda to promote economic growth
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: Economic development, GO TO 2040
The article covers the release of Cook County's Economic Growth Agenda and mention's its alignment with GO TO 2040.

April 5, 2013
Village President Honored for 30 Years in Public Service by Steven Jack
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: GO TO 2040
The article covers a ceremony in honor of Montgomery Village President Marilyn Michelini. President Michelini is a member of CMAP's board.

April 3, 2013
Hinsdale studying downtown parking, again by Kimberly Fornek
Published by The Doings
TOPICS: Land use, LTA
The article covers the parking management study for the Village of Hinsdale. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

April 3, 2013
Elburn weighs financial hiring by Al Lagatolla
Published by Kane County Chronicle
TOPICS: Land use, LTA
The article mentions the Village of Elburn board's approval of its comprehensive land use plan. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

April 3, 2013
Glen Ellyn Preservationists Want Horse Trough to Stay Downtown by Quan Truong
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Land use, LTA
The article mentions the development of a downtown plan for the Village of Glen Ellyn. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

April 2013
Sustainable Prosperity by Michael Davidson
Published by American Planning Association
TOPICS: GO TO 2040
The article by the American Planning Association featured CMAP for its National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Agency.

March

March 30, 2013
Changing Landscapes: Finding a balance by Nicole Weskerna
Published by Kane County Chronicle
TOPICS: Open space, Land use
The article describes efforts in Kane County to preserve open space and mentions CMAP data.

March 28, 2013
Downtown Draft Study Includes Streetscape, Intersection Improvement Recommendations
by Charlotte Eriksen
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the presentation of the draft downtown plan for the Village of Glen Ellyn. The project is being developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

March 27, 2013
Palatine assists town house development by Bob Chiarito
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Housing, Land use
The article covers the presentation of a Homes for a Changing Region housing policy plan developed for the Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative (Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine, and Rolling Meadows) to the Palatine Village Council.  The report was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

March 27, 2013
Plan presents new look for downtown Riverside
by Matthew Hendrickson
Published by My Suburban Life
TOPICS: LTA, Land Use
The article covers the open house for the draft Riverside Central Business District Plan. The project was being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

March 27, 2013
Gonzalez, Preckwinkle showcase Cook County investments totaling $11M in Chicago Heights

Published by Northwest Indiana Times
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article mentioned upcoming efforts by Chicago Heights to update its comprehensive plan. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

March 26, 2013
Glen Ellyn study's first draft includes intersection improvements, streetscape enhancements
by Mary Beth Versaci
Published by MySuburbanLife.com
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the presentation of the draft downtown plan for the Village of Glen Ellyn. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

March 23, 2013
CMAP, RTA merger inches forward amid objections by Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: Transportation
The article covers proposed legislation on merging CMAP and the Regional Transportation Authority.

March 21, 2013
Riverside Plaza Developer Shares Views on Downtown Plan by Gloria Casas
Published by Patch.com
The article mentions the development of the Central Business District Plan for the Village of Riverside. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

March 21, 2013
More Urban Gardens Planned for Englewood by Wendell Huston
Published by DNAinfo.com
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the open house for the draft Green Healthy Neighborhood land use plan. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

March 19, 2013
Hinsdale parking studied by Annemarie Mannion
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the development of parking management study for the Village of Hinsdale. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

March 19, 2013
Housing report: Palatine a "desirable community," but still faces challenges by Kimberly Pohl
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: Housing, Land Use
The article covers the Homes for a Changing Region housing policy plan developed for the Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative (Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine, and Rolling Meadows.  The report was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

March 19, 2013
Seven years later, a gentler approach to developing downtown Riverside
Published by Riverside-Brookfield Landmark
TOPICS: LTA, Land Use
The editorial expresses support for the draft Riverside Central Business District Plan. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

March 17, 2013
Shifting view of American Dream by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
TOPICS: Housing
The article covers suburban housing trends, citing analysis from a Housing Policy Update, and quotes CMAP's Elizabeth Schuh. 

March 17, 2013
Emanuel Urban Farm Network: Mayor Launches New Agriculture Plan To Transform Vacant Lots
Published by Huffington Post
TOPICS: LTA, Land use, Food
The article describes the City of Chicago's plan for developing urban agriculture and mentions the Green Healthy Neighborhood land use plan. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

March 16, 2013
How small manufacturers are filling the R&D gap by Meribah Knight
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
TOPICS: Economic development, Innovation
The article describes efforts by smaller manufacturers to allocate additional resources towards research and development. The article refers to Metropolitan Chicago's Manufacturing Cluster: A Drill-Down Report on Innovation, Workforce, and Infrastructure, the second report in CMAP's cluster series

March 14, 2013
Roundabouts a learning experience for drivers by Dan Moran
Published by Lake County News-Sun
TOPICS: CMAQ, Transportation
The article describes Lake County's experiences with three roundabouts, which were partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program

March 12, 2013
New vision for Riverside downtown
by Bob Uphues
Published by Riverside-Brookfield Landmark
TOPICS: Land use, LTA
The article describes an open house for development of Riverside's Central Business District plan. The project is being developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

March 10, 2013
Residents offer feedback on Elmwood Park Plan by David Pollard
Published by Elmwood Park Leaves
TOPICS: Land use , LTA
The article covers the open house for the draft Elmwood Park comprehensive plan. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

March 7, 2013
Morton Grove eyes new industrial development by Nick Katz
Published by Morton Grove Champion
TOPICS: Economic development, Land use, LTA
The article covers the development of an industrial areas plan for the Village of Morton Grove. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

March 5, 2013
Home energy savers spread the word with friends and neighbors in Oak Park by Deb Quantock McCarey
Published by Wednesday Journal
TOPICS: Energy
The article covers energy audits conducted by and rebates available through Energy Impact Illinois.

March 5, 2013
Energy audits can help Highland Park residents cut utility bills by Karen Berkowitz
Published by Highland Park Sun-Times
TOPICS: Energy
The article covers energy audits conducted by and rebates available through Energy Impact Illinois.

March 4, 2013
Repositioning Manufacturing in Chicago
Published by World Business Chicago
TOPICS: Economic development, Innovation
The article describes research findings analyzed in the Metropolitan Chicago's Manufacturing Cluster: A Drill-Down Report on Innovation, Workforce, and Infrastructure, the second report in CMAP's cluster series.

March 3, 2013
Region's R&D spending plummets by Brett Rowland
Published by Northwest Herald
TOPICS: Economic development, Innovation
The article describes findings on R&D in the region analyzed in the Metropolitan Chicago's Manufacturing Cluster: A Drill-Down Report on Innovation, Workforce, and Infrastructure, the second report in CMAP's cluster series. The article was also reprinted on COSPP.com.

March 1, 2013
Lakemoor adopts long-range plan by Emily K. Coleman
Published by Northwest Herald
TOPICS: Land use, LTA
The article covers the Village of Lakemoor Board adoption of a comprehensive plan for the Village. The project was developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

February

February 28, 2013
Two studies will look at Franklin Park downtown, industry by Mark Lawton
Published by Franklin Park Herald Journal
TOPICS: Land Use, LTA
The article covers the development of an O'Hare Industrial Corridor Study. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

February 27, 2013
Budget ax hangs over Chicago research labs
by Joe Cahill
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
TOPICS: Economic development, Innovation
The column mentions findings on R&D in the region analyzed in the Metropolitan Chicago's Manufacturing Cluster: A Drill-Down Report on Innovation, Workforce, and Infrastructure, the second report in CMAP's cluster series.

February 27, 2013
Editorial: An eye on the future of suburban housing
by Daily Herald Editorial Board
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: Housing, LTA
This is the second editorial about the Homes for a Changing Region project involving the Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative (Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine, and Rolling Meadows).

February 26, 2013
What the next decade of Chicago manufacturing should look like
by Niala Boodhoo
Published by WBEZ 91.5
TOPICS: Economic development, Innovation
The article covers the release of Metropolitan Chicago's Manufacturing Cluster: A Drill-Down Report on Innovation, Workforce, and Infrastructure, the second report in CMAP's cluster series.

February 26, 2013
Steep decline in R&D spending costs area jobs, planning group says by Alejandra Cancino
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Economic development, Innovation
The article covers the release of Metropolitan Chicago's Manufacturing Cluster: A Drill-Down Report on Innovation, Workforce, and Infrastructure, the second report in CMAP's cluster series. The article was also reposted on wbst.com.

February 26, 2013
Reinvestment in the nation's second largest manufacturing cluster
Published by Rocket News
TOPICS: Economic development, Innovation
The article covers the release of Metropolitan Chicago's Manufacturing Cluster: A Drill-Down Report on Innovation, Workforce, and Infrastructure, the second report in CMAP's cluster series.

February 26, 2013
Morton Grove Starting Comprehensive Plan by Pam DeFiglio
Published Patch.com
TOPICS: Land use, LTA
The article covers the efforts to create a plan for Morton Grove's industrial areas. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

February 25, 2013
Hinsdale Parking Study Underway, Survey Out by Joe O'Donnell
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: Land Use, LTA
The article covers efforts by the Village of Hinsdale to develop a parking strategies study. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

February 25, 2013
Talk of RTA, CMAP merger draws mixed reviews by Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
The article covers proposed legislation on merging CMAP and the Regional Transportation Authority.

February 21, 2013
Planners complete study on Algonquin by Joseph Bustos
TOPICS: Land use, LTA
The article covers the development of a downtown plan for the Village of Algonquin. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

February 21, 2013
Niles Environmental Plan Moves Ahead by Pam DeFiglio
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: Sustainability, LTA
The article covers the presentation of the draft Niles Environmental Action Plan at a public hearing and quotes CMAP's Kristin Ihnchak. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

February 20, 2013
Tollway awards contract to study Highway 53 extension proposal by Richard Wronski
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Transportation , LTA
The article covers the Illinois Tollway awarding a $4 million contract to plan for the IL 53 north extension and IL 120 bypass. In support of the project, the CMAP LTA program is helping affected communities to plan for land use in the corridor.

February 20, 2013
How much would you pay in tolls on Route 53 extension? Tollway wants to know by Marni Pyke
Published by The Daily Herald
TOPICS: Transportation
The article covers the Illinois Tollway awarding a $4 million contract to plan for the IL 53 north extension and IL 120 bypass. In support of the project, the CMAP LTA program is helping affected communities to plan for land use in the corridor.

February 20, 2013
Niles continues moving forward with its environmental sustainability by Alex V. Hernandez
Published by The Bugle
TOPICS: Sustainability, LTA
The article covers the presentation of the draft Niles Environmental Action Plan at a public hearing and quotes CMAP's Kristin Ihnchak. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

February 18, 2013
Bill would merge transportation, planning agencies by Richard Wronski
Published by Chicago Tribune
TOPICS: Transportation
The article covers proposed legislation on merging CMAP and the Regional Transportation Authority.

February 18, 2013
Niles aims to up recycling, cut driving by Tracey Gruen
Published by Chicago Sun Times
TOPICS: Sustainability, LTA
The article covers the presentation of the draft Niles Environmental Action Plan at a public hearing and quotes CMAP's Kristin Ihnchak. The project was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

February 17, 2013
Arlington Heights board to hear housing plan by Melissa Silverberg
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: Housing, LTA
The article covers the presentation of the housing policy plan developed for the Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative (Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine, and Rolling Meadows) to the Arlington Heights Village Board.  The project was developed through the Homes for a Changing Region program.

February 14, 2013
Make your home more energy efficient by Mr. Fix-It with Lou Manfredini
Published by WGN Radio
TOPICS: Energy
CMAP's Dan Olson discussed Energy Impact Illinois with Lou Manfredini, host of the Mr. Fix-It WGN Radio program.

February 12, 2013
Chicago Traffic Among the Country's Worst by Chicago Tonight
Published by WTTW
TOPICS: Congestion pricing, transportation
CMAP's Jesse Elam discussed our congestion pricing campaign on WTTW's Chicago Tonight in reference to the 2012 Urban Mobility Report released by the Texas A & M Transportation Institute.

February 9, 2013
Improving downtown Algonquin after the bypass by Elena Ferrarin
Published by Daily Herald
TOPICS: CMAQ, Transportation
The article covers the development of a strategic plan for downtown Algonquin. The project is being developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program and partially funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

February 8, 2013
Residents Get a Look at the Land Use Plan for Elburn by Susan O'Neill
Published by Elburn Herald
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the development of a land use plan for the Village of Elburn. The project is being developed through CMAP's LTA program

February 7, 2013
Ahern: Energy-saving improvements can mean more cash for homeowners by Patti Ahern
Published by Southtown Star
TOPICS: Energy
This opinion piece covers Energy Impact Illinois community meetings.

February 6, 2013
Traffic congestion's carbon footprint by Chris Bentley
Published by WBEZ 91.5
TOPICS: Congestion pricing
The article covers the 2012 Urban Mobility Report released by the Texas A & M Transportation Institute and mentions CMAP's Jesse Elam interview on WBEZ's Afternoon Shift.

February 5, 2013
Afternoon Shift: Road Rage
Published by WBEZ 91.5
TOPICS: Congestion pricing, Transportation
This edition of Afternoon Shift covered the 2012 Urban Mobility Report released by the Texas A & M Transportation Institute and discussed it with CMAP's Jesse Elam.

February 5, 2013
Report: Chicago traffic is bad; leave early
by Susie An
Published by WBEZ 91.5
TOPICS: Congestion pricing, Transportation
The article covers the 2012 Urban Mobility Report released by the Texas A & M Transportation Institute and quotes CMAP Executive Director Randy Blankenhorn.

February 5, 2013
Paying for express lane one route to avoiding gridlock by Marni Pyke
Published by The Daily Herald
TOPICS: Congestion pricing, Transportation
The article covers the 2012 Urban Mobility Report released by the Texas A & M Transportation Institute and quotes CMAP's Jesse Elam.

February 4, 2013
Gurnee mayor leads by example on energy program by Bob Susnjara
Published by The Daily Herald
TOPICS: Energy
The article covers the Mayor of Gurnee hosting an Energy Impact Illinois  community meeting and the rebates program to improve the comfort of the home.

February 1, 2013
Recommendations Rise from Local Housing Study by Journal Online staff
Published by Journal Online
The article covers recommendations in the Homes for Changing Region report for the Northwest Housing Collaborative.

January

January 30, 2013
Energy-efficiency program explained in Plainfield by Madhu Mayer
Published by The Herald-News
TOPICS: Energy
The article covers Energy Impact Illinois  community meetings and rebates program to improve the comfort of the home and quotes CMAP's Randy Blankenhorn.

January 29, 2013
Stimulus dollars insulate Chicago homes by Chris Bentley
Published by WBEZ 91.5
TOPICS: Energy
The article covers Energy Impact Illinois rebates program to improve the comfort of the home.

January 25, 2013
Editorial: Giving the discussion on suburban housing a new shape
by The Daily Herald Editorial Board
Published by The Daily Herald
TOPICS: Housing, LTA
The Daily Herald editorial board expresses support for the Homes for Changing Region report for the Northwest Housing Collaborative.

January 25, 2013
There's a Planning App for That
by Jennifer Evans-Cowley
Published by Planetizen
TOPICS: Data
The opinion post mentions MetroPulse iPhone App, which allows users to view indicator data about the region's counties, municipalities, and Chicago community areas. 

January 20, 2013
Vision for Lakemoor finally set for a vote by Emily K. Coleman
Published by Northwest Herald
TOPICS: LTA, Land use
The article covers the development of a comprehensive plan for the Village of Lakemoor. The project is through CMAP's LTA program.

January 10, 2013
Village of Oswego Receives Assistance for Market Analysis and Economic Development Plan by Natalie Stevens
Published by Patch.com
TOPICS: LTA, Economic Development
The article covers the Village of Oswego's efforts to create an economic development plan. This project is through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

January 10, 2013
A greener Chicago would be a safe Chicago by Steve Bogira
Published by Chicago Reader
TOPICS: Local Food, LTA, Land use
The article covers 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 on this project through CMAP's LTA program.

January 9, 2013
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's APA award well deserved
by Mary Sue Barrett
Published by Metropolitan Planning Council
TOPICS: GO TO 2040
The blog posts notes the American Planning Association (APA) awarding CMAP its first-ever National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Agency. 

January 7, 2013
Congestion Pricing: An issue of competitiveness
by Randy Blankenhorn
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
TOPICS: Congestion Pricing
Crain's Chicago Business
 published a CMAP essay about the long-term economic benefits of congestion pricing, as described at www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing.

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