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July 19, 2017   Sustainability & Climate

Local leadership on climate change issues

In June 2017, Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued an executive order committing the City of Chicago to a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.... Read More About Local leadership on climate change issues
July 6, 2017   Transportation Freight

Proposal for new national freight infrastructure fee and grants

On June 22, 2017, H.R. 3001 , Economy in Motion: The National Multimodal and Sustainable Freight Infrastructure Act, was filed in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The current proposal... Read More About Proposal for new national freight infrastructure fee and grants
July 6, 2017   Data

Socioeconomic shifts in the Chicago region

Understanding demographic trends is crucial to developing plans and policies related to the region's land use, economic development, housing, and transportation systems.  Socioeconomic... Read More About Socioeconomic shifts in the Chicago region
June 29, 2017   Transportation

Illinois Department of Transportation to shut down transportation projects statewide

On June 21, 2017, the Governor called the General Assembly for a special session to address the State of Illinois' budget impasse, but lawmakers have not yet reached a budget deal for the new... Read More About Illinois Department of Transportation to shut down transportation projects statewide
June 22, 2017   Demographics Data

Population change across age groups in the CMAP region

Population growth is both a condition and a consequence of economic prosperity. Thus, the Chicago region's residents are both the primary drivers of economic growth—and, in recent years, an... Read More About Population change across age groups in the CMAP region
June 9, 2017  

Considerations and Practices of Local Government Consolidation

This Policy Update outlines considerations for local government consolidation, summarizes recent state legislation, and describes how New York is encouraging its local governments to consolidate. Read More About Considerations and Practices of Local Government Consolidation
May 26, 2017  

Administration releases FY2018 budget proposal

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the White House released its budget proposal for federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, which will begin on October 1, 2017.  This proposal follows an initial blueprint... Read More About Administration releases FY2018 budget proposal
May 16, 2017  

Statement on repeal of MPO consolidation passage

In December 2016, U.S. DOT issued a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Coordination rule that would have significant impacts on metropolitan Chicago and neighboring regions.  The... Read More About Statement on repeal of MPO consolidation passage
May 12, 2017   GO TO 2040

Omnibus FY 17 appropriations bill signed

On Friday, May 5, the President signed into law an appropriations package to fund the federal government through the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2017, which ends September 30, 2017. Read More About Omnibus FY 17 appropriations bill signed
April 7, 2017  

Voters consider consolidation and open space measures

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, suburban voters in the seven-county CMAP region turned out for  municipal, township, school district, fire district, park district, and library district... Read More About Voters consider consolidation and open space measures
April 3, 2017  

Revenue trends for transportation funding in the Chicago region

As our region's federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is required to release an updated financial plan for transportation... Read More About Revenue trends for transportation funding in the Chicago region
March 17, 2017  

Administration releases FY 2018 budget blueprint

This week, the Trump Administration released its budget blueprint for federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, which begins October 1, 2017.  The blueprint outlines $1.15 trillion in discretionary... Read More About Administration releases FY 2018 budget blueprint
February 2, 2017   Economy Industry Clusters

Manufacturing employment trends in Illinois’ metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas

A new Policy Update examines manufacturing employment and output trends for the seven-county CMAP region and the rest of Illinois from 2001-16, with a focus on the loss of high-skilled... Read More About Manufacturing employment trends in Illinois’ metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas
January 11, 2017   Transportation

Chicago Transit Authority awarded $1 billion in funding

On January 9, 2017, the Federal Transit Administration announced that it would award $957 million to the Chicago Transit Authority for Phase I of the Red and Purple Modernization Program (RPM). ... Read More About Chicago Transit Authority awarded $1 billion in funding
December 20, 2016  

New rule to have significant impact on metropolitan transportation planning

On December 15, 2016, U.S. DOT issued a final rule that will affect the metropolitan transportation planning process in the CMAP region. Read More About New rule to have significant impact on metropolitan transportation planning
November 17, 2016   Transportation

Local transportation ballot measures fare well in the general election

On November 9, voters considered numerous state and local referenda related to funding transportation systems. CMAP continually monitors national efforts to provide adequate and reliable funding... Read More About Local transportation ballot measures fare well in the general election
October 26, 2016   Transportation Strategic Investment

Chicago Establishes the Downtown Loading Zone Reform Pilot Program

The City of Chicago will launch a Downtown Loading Zone Reform pilot program in 2017 to convert business-paid commercial loading zones to user-paid loading zones in the central business... Read More About Chicago Establishes the Downtown Loading Zone Reform Pilot Program
October 11, 2016   Economy

Business churn in the Chicago region

Metropolitan Chicago's ability to retain and foster new businesses is an important regional economic indicator.  Businesses base site decisions on factors such as access to customers,... Read More About Business churn in the Chicago region
October 6, 2016   Housing Land Use & Zoning

White House releases Housing Development toolkit focused on zoning

On Monday, September 26, 2016, the White House released a Housing Development Toolkit encouraging local governments to explore modernizing local zoning regulations to spur economic... Read More About White House releases Housing Development toolkit focused on zoning
August 26, 2016   Economy Industry Clusters Workforce

Advanced industry growth in the Chicago region

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) regional economic indicators  microsite  features key measures of metropolitan Chicago's economy and, where applicable,... Read More About Advanced industry growth in the Chicago region

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