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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

Freight land use clusters in northeastern Illinois

Freight is a critical component of the regional economy in northeastern Illinois and generates significant transportation demand across multiple modes. While much of the Chicago Metropolitan... Read More About Freight land use clusters in northeastern Illinois
July 28, 2016  

Use of local transportation user fees in northeastern Illinois

Municipalities across northeastern Illinois are responsible for more than 20,000 miles of roadway, accounting for nearly 70 percent of regionwide mileage.  The region's transportation... Read More About Use of local transportation user fees in northeastern Illinois
July 27, 2016  

FTA publishes transit asset management rule

On July 26, 2016, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released a final rule on transit asset management. It is part of a series of new federal performance-measurement rules initiated... Read More About FTA publishes transit asset management rule
July 8, 2016  

Legislation creates an innovative mechanism to fund major transit infrastructure

Our region's transportation network is one of its most important assets, key to our economic prosperity. While our transportation system enjoys a global reputation, it is aging quickly and... Read More About Legislation creates an innovative mechanism to fund major transit infrastructure
July 8, 2016   Economy Transportation

Springfield update on stopgap budget

Public Acts 99-0523 and 99-0524 provide stopgap appropriations and corresponding budget implementation legislation, enacted on June 30, 2016, provide appropriation authorization for fiscal... Read More About Springfield update on stopgap budget

The Chicago region's recovering labor markets

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 The Chicago region's recovering labor markets
May 18, 2016   Data Demographics Data

Population change in the CMAP region

The residents of the Chicago region are its strongest asset and as such are vital to the region's continued economic success. Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau releases data on migration and ... Read More About Population change in the CMAP region
May 11, 2016   Economy Tax Policy Roads

Sales tax rebates remain prevalent in northeastern Illinois

In Illinois, municipalities and counties receive sales tax revenue based on the location of sales.  This structure has resulted in the rise of an economic development incentive called a... Read More About Sales tax rebates remain prevalent in northeastern Illinois

Commute trends of CMAP region freight and manufacturing workers

Metropolitan Chicago's workforce is one of the most important factors in a strong regional economy.  An integral element -- regional workforce mobility, measured in this Policy Update by... Read More About Commute trends of CMAP region freight and manufacturing workers
March 31, 2016   Transportation Freight

Rail safety proposed rule on minimum staffing announced

A new CMAP Policy Update describes a proposed rule that would require a minimum of two crewmembers for all railroad operations except those that do not pose a significant safety risk. Read More About Rail safety proposed rule on minimum staffing announced

Export growth in our region’s manufacturing industries

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 Export growth in our region’s manufacturing industries

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