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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-18-14

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Complimentary admission:  GreenTown Chicago.  CMAP is cosponsoring GreenTown Chicago on May 21-22, 2014 and is offering a limited number of complimentary admissions for municipal staff, as well as elected and appointed officials.  To RSVP, contact Berenice Vallecillos (bvallecillos@cmap.illinois.govby Wednesday, April 30

MPC roundtables.  Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle and Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner, who also serves on the CMAP and Illinois Tollway boards, will join me in a Metropolitan Planning Council's roundtable on the GO TO 2040 plan update on May 29.  The event, which will discuss the role of partners in the plan implementation, also includes Leanne Redden of the Regional Transportation Authority.  The previous week on May 20, MPC is holding another roundtable, "Smart Systems, Resilient Regions," on improving public services related to transportation, communications, water, and flood management.  Both roundtables will be held from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at MPC offices (140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400, Chicago).

Other News and Announcements

Soles and Spokes.  Soles and Spokes featured the League of American Bicyclists report, "Where We Ride: An Analysis of Bicycling in American Cities," which uses 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey journey-to-work data to look at national trends in bicycling.  We also highlighted a report from the Oregon Department of Transportation on how to design, install, and operate bicycle-specific traffic signals.  For reference, see our earlier post on the Federal Highway Administration's interim approval for bicycle traffic signals.

CMAQ in the news.  The Daily Herald described Naperville's implementation of a new integrated traffic management system, which is partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program. 

State bike plan, ITEP grant.  The Illinois Department of Transportation released the state's first-ever bike plan this week.  Read more in Streetsblog.  The department also announced $52.7 million in awards through its Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program.

Costal grant program.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will accept new applications for its Illinois Coastal Management Program starting April 18, and an informational session will be held this Monday, April 21, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the James R. Thompson Center (100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago).  RSVP to

GPA conference.  The Grants Professionals Association Chicago Area Chapter will hold its annual conference on May 2 in Chicago from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

TRB article.  The Transportation Research Board featured an article, "Assessment of Public-Private Partnership in Travel Information Provision," co-authored by CMAP's Claire Bozic. 

Sustainability awards.  The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center is accepting applications for the Governor's Sustainability Awards through May 22. 

Local Technical Assistance

The Village of North Aurora is developing a new comprehensive plan.  Learn more at the project web page

Municipal staff and elected officials are invited to attend a free form-based codes workshop on May 16 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the CMAP offices.  Attendees will also learn about opportunities to apply for form-based code assistance through the next LTA call for projects.  Space is limited for this event, which is co-sponsored by CMAP and the Form-Based Codes Institute.  To RSVP, contact Stephen Ostrander (312-386-8696 or


Municipal survey.  CMAP has distributed its biennial municipal survey to the region's 284 municipalities and is seeking municipalities' responses by May 16.  
FLIP applications.  Applications are available for the 2014-15 Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program.  Participating high school students from throughout the region meet one Saturday per month to learn about issues that shape our region's economy and quality of life.  Priority deadline applications must be postmarked or emailed by Friday, May 30, 2014.  Contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).
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.  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.


Carol Stream public meeting
April 23, 2014
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Fire Protection District Headquarters:  365 North Kuhn Road, Carol Stream
Hosted by Carol Stream and CMAP
Form-Based Codes workshop
May 16, 2014
9:00 a.m. to noon
CMAP offices:  233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago
Hosted by the Form-Based Codes Institute and CMAP
GreenTown Chicago
May 21-22, 2014
Downtown Chicago
Supported by the City of Chicago, Institute of Cultural Affairs, and CMAP
Progress on the GO TO 2040 comprehensive plan roundtable
May 29, 2014 
12:00 to 1:30 pm.
Metropolitan Planning Council offices:  140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400, Chicago
Hosted by MPC