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February 21, 2014

CMAP Weekly Update, 2-21-14

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GO TO 2040 update indicators.  The GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan established a series of indicators and related targets to gauge implementation progress.  CMAP has initiated an update to the plan in accordance with federal law.  While its four themes and 12 recommendation areas will not change, the update process allows CMAP to reevaluate GO TO 2040 performance measures and goals.  A Policy Update describes all the indicators to be used in the plan update.

Resurrection Project. Congratulations to The Resurrection Project (TRP) and CMAP Board member Raul Raymundo for being honored at the 20th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards presented by LISC Chicago. For its work in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood, TRP received the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project. And for his work as TRP's CEO, Raul received the Richard M. Daley Friend of the Neighborhood Award. See the awards video.

Cook County plan.  CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program is supporting Cook County's Planning for Progress effort.  Pictures are available from its kickoff meeting and recent series of interactive workshops. The strategic plan will guide funding requests, investments, and partnerships over the next five years for affordable housing and community and economic development. 

Other News and Announcements

DuPage action plan. The public comment period on DuPage County's proposed action plan for its use of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development disaster relief funds ends today. Submit comments by email or phone (630-407-6706). 

Fiscal impacts of development. A free University of Illinois Extension webinar on estimating the fiscal impacts of development will feature a case study of the Peoria region. The event's speakers include Nick Hayward of Tri-County Regional Plan Commission and Scott Goldstein of Teska Associates. No registration is required. To join the webinar on February 25 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., click this link after 1:00 p.m. that day.

Soles and Spokes.  We featured the City of Chicago's 2012 Bicycle Crash Analysis: Summary Report, which examines bicycle crashes in the city from 2005-10.   We also alerted readers to funding opportunities available through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Trails Grant Programs, which are accepting applications through March 1.

HSR meetings. The Illinois Department of Transportation will host a series of high-speed rail public meetings on the Chicago to Joliet and Granite City to St. Louis Tier 2 studies next week. 

Sustainable landscaping workshop. The Midwest Pesticide Action Center will host a Lawn to Lake sustainable landscaping workshop for schools on April 8 at the College of Lake County. Register on-line.
Save the date:  Rail Summit.  The 2014 Rail Summit will be held June 6 at the Union League Club of Chicago from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event will focus on economic opportunities related to energy and intermodal growth in the region. Contact or 312-750-9150 for more information.
GCI website. The University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) Great Cities Institute recently launched a new website,, which includes news, research, upcoming events, and more.


Local Technical Assistance

The South East Chicago Commission will launch its Green Healthy Neighborhoods in Action: Southside Sustainability Series on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Residents of the Woodlawn and Washington Park communities are invited to this free six-workshop series;  topics include efficient housing, recycling, water and energy conservation, community gardens, and more. The workshops helps implement the Green Healthy Neighborhoods Land Use Plan completed by the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development and community partners. Contact Diane Burnham at South East Chicago Commission ( or 773-324-6926) for more workshop information.

UIC will hold a focus group on accessibility issues for the development of its multimodal transportation plan on Wednesday, February 26 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Chicago Lighthouse (1850 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago). A draft existing conditions report for the project is now available.

The City of Chicago will host a public meeting for development of its Kedzie corridor plan on March 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at John Marshall Metropolitan High School (3520 W. Adams St., Chicago). Residents can also complete an on-line survey (extended through March 21) and download a Kedzie Corridor App that allows them to upload community photos, share ideas, and view project documents.

A new Urban Land Institute Chicago report features redevelopment recommendations for the Village of Lincolnwood and City of Chicago to revitalize the six-block span of Devon Avenue between McCormick Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue. Read more in a press release.

Patch described the Oswego Village Board review of a draft market analysis, which highlights retail opportunities and areas for future economic development.
Residents of Addison, Bensenville, Villa Park, and Wood Dale can provide feedback on the types and location of housing they'd like to see in their communities at through March 27. Feedback will be incorporated into the Homes for a Changing Region plan under development for this cluster of communities in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.


GO TO 2040 implementation poster.  CMAP has released Moving Forward 2013, our third annual GO TO 2040 implementation report poster.  Please grab a copy or two the next time you visit us.  (Boxes are available for re-distribution by partner organizations.  Contact Joey-Lin Silberhorn ( or 312-386-8814).

Congestion pricing. Learn more about the regional effort to implement congestion pricing, with express toll lanes that will help manage traffic and give drivers better choices for getting around.


UIC multimodal transportation plan focus group session
February 26, 2014
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Chicago Lighthouse: 1850 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago
Hosted by University of Illinois at Chicago and CMAP
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Big Rock Open House
March 10, 2014
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Big Rock Fire Department, Meeting Room:  48w863 E. 2nd Street, Big Rock
Hosted by Big Rock, Kane County, and CMAP
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Kedzie corridor plan public meeting
March 27, 2014
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
John Marshall Metropolitan High School:  3250 S. Adams Street, Chicago
Hosted by the City of Chicago
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GreenTown Chicago
May 21-22, 2014
Downtown Chicago
Supported by the City of Chicago, Institute of Cultural Affairs, and CMAP
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