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CMAP Weekly Update, 5-25-12

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-25-12

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, a recap of yesterday's inaugural LTA Ideas Exchange event, the release of a report on the Illinois Route 53/120 extension and a report on I-90 congestion pricing, the grand opening of a new 'L' station on CTA's Green and Pink lines, and the upcoming kickoff for water quality planning in southwest Lake County. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.




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LTA partners. Yesterday's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Ideas Exchange event served a number of important purposes. It gave us a chance to hear about how our region's communities are planning for livability. It gave about 200 attendees insight regarding our 2012 LTA Call for Projects, along with other opportunities for assistance and grants. And it was an opportunity for CMAP partners -- including The Chicago Community Trust, which announced grants to five community-based GO TO 2040 implementation projects -- to get some well-deserved recognition for their efforts in helping communities to plan more effectively. We very much appreciate the extent to which this region has embraced GO TO 2040 and the LTA program in particular. Here's to the start of another successful year in local planning. Read more in a joint press release from CMAP and the Trust, as well as articles from Oak Park Patch and Center for Neighborhood Technology.

State budget. Moments ago, we posted a brief state budget status report in our Policy Updates blog. On Wednesday, Governor Quinn issued a press release touting support by the private and public sectors, including the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and CMAP, for Medicaid and pension reforms being debated in Springfield. Read more in editorials from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.

Illinois Route 53/120 Extension report. The Illinois Route 53/120 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council passed its final resolution last Friday to recommend the extension of IL Route 53 north through Central Lake County. The corridor is one of GO TO 2040's high-priority major capital projects, and CMAP has provided extensive staff assistance to the council. Read more in the Daily Herald and Chicago Sun-Times.

I-90 congestion pricing report. Yesterday the Illinois Tollway I-90 Corridor Planning Council delivered its report on congestion pricing and managed lanes for the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. See the Tollway's press release regarding this important effort, which was recommended by GO TO 2040. Read more in the Chicago Tribune, which quotes CMAP deputy executive director and council co-chair Don Kopec, as well as in the Courier-News.

Policy Updates. This week in our policy blog, we wrote about a letter by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood outlining the Administration's priorities on federal surface transportation reauthorization. Also in Policy Updates, CMAP and the City of Chicago, working with the Global Philanthropy Partnership, recently completed a regional inventory of greenhouse gas emissions for 2010. Another blog entry described CMAP's updated compendium of comprehensive plans in the region. And finally, today we posted an update on the status of HB 3859, Illinois sales tax rebate disclosure legislation.

CMAQ in the news. Yesterday the City of Chicago held a grand opening for the Morgan Station on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Green and Pink Line. In addition to the Yellow Line's Oakton Station, the Morgan station was the second "L" station opened in May, and both projects received funds from our Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

Union Station. The Chicago Department of Transportation has issued its Union Station Master Plan Study Final Report. Read more in a City of Chicago press release that describes next steps. Progressive Railroading also wrote about the report.


Other News and Announcements

LTA updates. On May 14, the Board of the Village of Park Forest unanimously adopted "Growing Green," a sustainability plan, into the village's comprehensive plan. Growing Green cover topics related to the "3 E's" -- environment, economy, and equity to address such issues as energy use, development patterns, and "green" jobs. The Southtown Star wrote about the $75,000 grant the Village received at yesterday's Ideas Exchange event from The Chicago Community Trust to help implement Growing Green, and the article quotes CMAP's Kristin Ihnchak. CMAP is also working with the City of Evanston on a water efficiency plan. Residents are encouraged to review the draft plan. Read more at TribLocal.

LTA in the news. CMAP is working with Lake County to create a sustainable food system, and Patch wrote an article highlighting the benefits of local food quoting CMAP's Jason Navota. The Journal Online wrote about the Homes for a Changing Region work with the Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative, which CMAP is leading with the Metropolitan Planning Council and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. The article quotes CMAP's Andrew Williams-Clark. The New Lenox Patch wrote about a corridor plan for the Village, which is funded by a grant through the LTA program. The Daily Herald wrote about this Monday's open house to review a draft comprehensive plan for the Village of Campton Hills. The Orland Park Patch also wrote about the water conservation code currently under review.

Save the date. CMAP has received a Clean Water Act grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to develop a total maximum daily load (TMDL) water quality implementation plan for nine lakes in southwestern Lake County: Island, Woodland, Napa Suwe, Drummond, Fairview, Slocum, Tower, Timber, and Barrington. We invite you to join us in the two-year planning process that begins at 3:00 p.m. on June 20th. Our kick-off meeting will be held at the Wauconda Village Hall, 101 North Main Street. Details will follow in the weeks ahead. If you have questions, please contact either Tim Loftus (312-386-8666 or tloftus@cmap.illinois.gov) or Holly Hudson (312-386-8700 or hhudson@cmap.illinois.gov).

Blackberry Creek watershed plan. The Village of Elburn has signed on to support the Blackberry Creek watershed plan, which was approved by the Village Board earlier in the month. CMAP and The Conservation Foundation oversaw the production of the plan. Read more in the Kane County Chronicle.

New regional water initiative. The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), with support from the Joyce Foundation and State Farm, has launched "Smart Water for Smart Regions" initiative to transform water service and infrastructure in the Great Lakes region. The initiative has started by surveying more than 100 facilities and municipalities about their water service policies and practices. Another project goal will be to help communities with the efficient, effective, and transparent delivery of water services to homes and business, while also sustaining the region's water resources.

Sustainable infrastructure planning workshop. On June 18 and 19, McHenry County will host a sustainable infrastructure planning workshop developed as part of CMAP's Water Financing Program. This training assists communities in identifying actions to foster sustainability, including project development, water conservation, energy efficiency, and asset management. Register on-line. For more information, contact Bud Mason (bmason@iacaanet.org) or Margaret Schneemann (mschneemann@cmap.illinois.gov).

Problem solving workshops. XperiMation will host two free Intro to Complex Problem Solving and Innovation workshops in downtown Chicago on June 8 and June 22. Register on-line, as space is limited.

Data Depot

Illinois Innovation Index. The latest monthly Illinois Innovation Index e-newsletter examines how broadband deployment can support innovation and economic growth in the state. Read more in a CMAP Policy Update. All of the data used in the Index is available on MetroPulse.

Graduation rates. CMAP's MetroPulse data portal tracks the number of bachelor degrees conferred, along with other educational attainment data. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics permits a national, as well as state-by-state, comparison.


CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured a report by the Mineta Transportation Institute that looks at the risks associated with bicycle commute trips and what can and has been done to improve the safety of cyclists. We also announced upcoming meetings and webinars, which are part of the City of Chicago's Streets for Cycling 2020 planning process. Finally, we highlighted a recent article evaluating the influence of cycling facilities on bicycle commute rates.

Green Signals. CMAP's transportation operations blog highlighted the release of updated 2011 freeway performance measures and told readers about an upcoming webinar on weather-responsive traffic signal management.



LTA 2012 call for projects. For the second year, CMAP is making staff resources and grants available for community-based projects through the GO TO 2040 Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. Municipalities, counties, multijurisdictional groups, or nongovernmental organizations (in partnership with local government) are encouraged to apply for CMAP staff assistance by responding to the new LTA 2012 Call for Projects. Applications are due by Wednesday, August 1, 2012. For more information, please contact Pete Saunders (psaunders@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8654). Applicants that would prefer to receive grant funds should consider applying for funding through CMAP's Community Planning program -- see http://rtachicago.com/community-planning/community-planning.html for more details.

FLIP event and applications. On May 31, student participants in our Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program will present their findings on innovative ice and snow removal techniques in a special event at Journey World (770 N. Halsted St., Chicago) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The final presentation to elected officials and other community leaders from across the region will feature multimedia demonstrations and other materials about best snow removal practices to help reduce environmental impacts. These high school students met one Saturday per month to learn about the issues that shape our region's economy and quality of life. The early deadline for the FLIP 2012-13 application is June 1. Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2012-13 school year are eligible. For more information, contact Ricardo Lopez (rlopez@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8766).

Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 public meetings. CDOT is holding open houses and webinars throughout Chicago to get input on a draft network for the Streets for Cycling Plan 2020. The plan will identify a network of bicycling facilities that will make bike trips safe and comfortable for Chicagoans. For information and webinar reservations, visit this CDOT web page.

ITEP applications. The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking proposals for the 2012 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP). Approximately $50 million is available for projects. Proposals are due May 29, 2012.



TMA of Lake Cook Annual Meeting
May 31, 2012
10:00 a.m.
Baxter Healthcare: One Baxter Parkway, Deerfield
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Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) final presentation
May 31, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Journey World: 770 N. Halsted, Chicago
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Grant management class
June 12-13, 2012
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cook County Sheriff's Policy Training Academy: 2000 N 5th Avenue, Building R, Room 304, River Grove
Hosted by Grant Writing USA
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