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Waterborne Freight in the Chicago Metropolitan Region

This Policy Update looks at how the region’s waterways are currently used for freight activity and the challenges facing this mode. Read More About Waterborne Freight in the Chicago Metropolitan Region

Air Freight Activity in the Chicago Metropolitan Region

This Policy Update looks at the current trends and challenges facing air freight and planned improvements meant to increase freight capacity at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. Read More About Air Freight Activity in the Chicago Metropolitan Region
July 24, 2015   GO TO 2040 Housing

New HUD rule on affirmatively furthering fair housing

A CMAP Policy Update examines the broad implications of the rule and how channeling resources in ways that expand housing options for all can help metropolitan Chicago achieve several important goals. Read More About New HUD rule on affirmatively furthering fair housing
July 2, 2015  

Amtrak reauthorization bill introduced in Senate

On June 18, 2015, the Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act (RREEA), a $9 billion, four-year Amtrak reauthorization bill, was introduced in the U.S. Senate.  It was marked up ... Read More About Amtrak reauthorization bill introduced in Senate

Senate transportation bill establishes new freight program

A Policy Update highlights the freight provisions in the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee text for the proposed DRIVE act, a six-year transportation reauthorization bill. Read More About Senate transportation bill establishes new freight program

Understanding patenting activity in Illinois manufacturing

New analysis dives deep into the complexities of the regional patents indicator, exploring the decisions in patenting products and patent production. Read More About Understanding patenting activity in Illinois manufacturing
June 12, 2015   Data Livability Housing

Housing stock diversity in metropolitan Chicago

A CMAP Policy Update explores how housing stock diversity has changed in the region since 2000 and how those changes relate to trends in housing tenure. Read More About Housing stock diversity in metropolitan Chicago

Leveraging the Region’s Freight Assets and Addressing its Challenges

CMAP's regional economic indicators microsite features key measures of metropolitan Chicago's economy and, where applicable, compares these measures to peer metropolitan areas.  The... Read More About Leveraging the Region’s Freight Assets and Addressing its Challenges

Recent Reports Explore State Revenue Reform Options and Challenges

The scheduled spring session of the 99 th Illinois General Assembly is coming to a close.  However, the state's Fiscal Year 2016 budget has not yet been passed due to significant... Read More About Recent Reports Explore State Revenue Reform Options and Challenges

Population change and geographic mobility in the CMAP region

A Policy Update assesses trends in U.S. Census data on migration and population change in our region and discusses their implications. Read More About Population change and geographic mobility in the CMAP region

Replacing the state motor fuel tax

There is growing consensus that continued reliance on the motor fuel tax (MFT) is not an appropriate long-term solution for transportation funding.  Despite being one of the primary... Read More About Replacing the state motor fuel tax

Intermodalism -- Metropolitan Chicago's Built-In Economic Advantage

CMAP's regional economic indicators microsite features key measures of metropolitan Chicago's economy and, where applicable, compares these measures to peer metropolitan areas.  The... Read More About Intermodalism -- Metropolitan Chicago's Built-In Economic Advantage
March 31, 2015   Economy Livability Transportation

State of Illinois FY15 Budget Modifications Approved

A Policy Update describes legislation intended to close gaps in the state budget for Fiscal Year 2015 by sweeping $1.3 billion from various special funds and applying a 2.25 percent reduction in... Read More About State of Illinois FY15 Budget Modifications Approved

Searching for Evidence of a Skills Gap in Manufacturing

New Policy Update looks at quantitative labor market data to determine the extent of the manufacturing skills gap in metropolitan Chicago. Read More About Searching for Evidence of a Skills Gap in Manufacturing

Governor Releases FY16 Budget Proposal

This Policy Update analyzes Governor Rauner's budget FY16 proposal in light of CMAP and GO TO 2040 priorities. Read More About Governor Releases FY16 Budget Proposal

CREATE Program Status Check

New Policy Update provides background information on the CREATE program, including its project portfolio, implementation status, and performance impacts. Read More About CREATE Program Status Check

Rail Crossing Delays in Metropolitan Chicago

The region's dense rail network plays a key role in moving both goods and passengers, but imposes costs on local communities. A New Policy Update focuses on rail crossing delays. Read More About Rail Crossing Delays in Metropolitan Chicago

Obama Administration Releases Transportation Reauthorization Proposal

The White House proposed a $478 billion, six-year transportation reauthorization program as part of its FY16 budget request. Read More About Obama Administration Releases Transportation Reauthorization Proposal

White House Releases FY16 Budget Proposal

A Policy Update describes housing and workforce and economic development provisions in the Obama Administration's $4 trillion budget proposal for FY16 . Read More About White House Releases FY16 Budget Proposal

Municipal Reliance on Property, Sales, and Income Taxes and Their Relative Stability

Local revenue sources differ in terms of stability and this variation affects the ability of communities to provide consistent services and maintain tax burdens. Read More About Municipal Reliance on Property, Sales, and Income Taxes and Their Relative Stability

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