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The MPO Policy Committee is designated by the governor of Illinois and northeastern Illinois local officials as the region's Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). It is the decision-making body for all regional transportation plans and programs for this area. The MPO Policy Committee plans, develops and maintains an affordable, safe and efficient transportation system for the region, providing the forum through which local decision makers develop regional plans and programs.

On March 14, 2007, the MPO Policy Committee and the CMAP Board adopted a Memorandum of Understanding with regard to transportation planning and programming in Northeastern Illinois. The agreement covers the working relationship between the two boards, whose responsibilities are defined in the Regional Planning Act and federal legislation. By adopting this agreement, the MPO Policy Committee and CMAP Board affirmed their commitment to coordinate and integrate the region's planning for land use and transportation in an open and collaborative process.

2015 Meeting Schedule

The MPO Policy Committee meetings are held on the second Thursday of January, March, June and October at the CMAP offices at 9:30 a.m. with the exception of the October meeting.  The October meeting is a joint meeting with the CMAP Board Committee and is held on the second Wednesday.

 

2015 Schedule

  • January 8, 2015
  • March 12, 2015
  • June 11, 2015
  • October 7, 2015

MPO Policy Committee

Representing Name Position Organization
Municipal Government
Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Rebekah Scheinfeld Commissioner Chicago Department of Transportation
Council of Mayors Jeffrey Schielke Mayor City of Batavia
       
Counties
Cook John Yonan Superintendent of Transportation & Highways Cook County
DuPage Thomas Cuculich Chief of Staff DuPage County
Kane Christopher J. Lauzen County Board Chair Kane County
Kendall John Shaw County Board Chair Kendall County
Lake Aaron Lawlor** County Board Chair Lake County
McHenry Joseph Gottemoller County Board Chair McHenry County
Will Lawrence Walsh County Executive Will County
Federal Agencies
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Kay Batey Division Administrator FHWA
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Marisol Simon Regional Administrator FTA
       
Regional Agencies
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Frank Beal Senior Executive Civic Consulting Alliance
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Elliott Hartstein Former Village President Village of Buffalo Grove (Lake)
Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Leanne Redden Executive Director RTA
Operating Agencies
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Forrest E. Claypool President CTA
Class I Railroads Wesley Lujan Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs Union Pacific Railroad
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Erica Borggren* Acting Secretary IDOT
Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (ISTHA) Kristi Lafleur Executive Director ISTHA
METRA Don Orseno
Executive Director
Metra
PACE Richard Kwasneski Chairman Pace
Private Providers John C. McCarthy President Continental Airport Express

* Chairman
** Vice-Chairman

Updated 12/16/2014

Metropolitan Planning Area

The Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) is the region in which the federally-regulated metropolitan transportation planning process must be carried out.  The MPA encompasses the Census-defined urbanized area and the contiguous geographic area(s) likely to become urbanized within the next 20 years.  Portions of the Chicago, IL-IN urbanized area extend into northwest Indiana.  By agreement, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission assumes responsibility for these areas.  By a similar agreement, the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission assumes responsibility for the portion of the Round Lake Beach-McHenry-Grayslake, IL-WI urbanized area that extends into Wisconsin.

The 2010 Census included portions of DeKalb County in northeastern Illinois' urbanized area. In June, 2013 the CMAP Board and  MPO Policy Committee approved expanding the MPA to include Sandwich and Somonauk townships in DeKalb County.  The Governor approved the expanded MPA in September, 2014.

In addition to planning for the urbanized area, the MPO Policy Committee is responsible for transportation planning in the air quality nonattainment area.  The nonattainment area includes Goose Lake Township in Grundy County, which is outside the MPA.  An agreement between Grundy County and CMAP establishes that CMAP is responsible for federally-regulated transportation planning in this township.

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