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May 23, 2014

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-23-14

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Priority deadline next week:  FLIP applications.  Priority applications for CMAP's 2014-15 Future Leaders in Planning program must be postmarked or emailed by next Friday, May 30, 2014. 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.  Contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).

Federal Transportation reauthorization. CMAP analyzed the text of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, its six-year, $265 billion highway bill. While the bill suggests fewer policy changes and provides significantly less funding for surface transportation than previous analysis of the Obama Administration's GROW AMERICA Act, the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act would establish the first-ever freight program, fund the Projects of National or Regional Significance program, and increase the emphasis on metropolitan planning organizations. 

Policy Updates. We described a new Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development report examining factors that contribute to cities' productivity. Many of the report findings support GO TO 2040 recommendations related to efficient governance, human capital, and freight.

IL 53/120 planning. The Daily Herald described efforts to establish the financial feasibility of extending IL 53 north to IL 120 in central Lake County as recommended in GO TO 2040. CMAP is leading a related effort to create a coordinated plan for land use in the corridor.

Other News and Announcements

Freight in the news.  National Public Radio examined factors that cause delays in freight rail and interviewed me about improving the movement of freight.

Soles and Spokes. We highlighted a new report from the Mineta Transportation Institute, looking at the needs and best practices for integrating transit and cycling.  We also featured the Alliance for Biking and Walking's biannual benchmarking report, Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2014.

Manufacturing workforce.  Meribah Knight of Crain's reported on the extent to which manufacturers' access to skilled workers may be limiting growth of that economic sector.  The story references CMAP's reports on the manufacturing cluster in our region.

Community development awards. The Chicago Rehab Network will host its Legacy Awards ceremony on May 29 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Nacional 27 (325 W. Huron Street). They will honor a number of individuals in recognition of their commitment to community empowerment.  For more information, contact

Nonprofit Management Conference in Chicago.  On June 2-3, the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management will host "Next Practices," a symposium to help nonprofit organizations move beyond the status quo and pursue innovative strategies. CMAP's Bob Dean will speak on a panel, "Aligning Priorities: Government, Foundations, and Nonprofits," with representatives from The Chicago Community Trust and IFF. Register online by May 28, and use discount code MAPIT to save 25 percent on registration fees.

Local Technical Assistance

Planning assistance and grants for local projects across metropolitan Chicago are now available through the RTA Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program at are due at noon on Thursday, June 26, 2014.  An informational session will be held at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago) on Tuesday, June 3 at 9:00 a.m.  To RSVP, contact Dan Olson ( or 312-386-8760).  Join the conversation -- we will be tweeting related information using #CMAPLTA.

The Des Plaines City Council unanimously approved the Apache Park Neighborhood Plan on Monday. Read a preview of the city council meeting in the Journal-Online.

On Wednesday, the Wicker Park-Bucktown Commission of the Special Services Area #33 unanimously approved the Innovative Parking Strategies for Wicker Park-Bucktown plan.

CMAP, in partnership with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and the Metropolitan Planning Council, developed a Homes for a Changing Region plan for the communities of Carpentersville, East and West Dundee, and Elgin. The Daily Herald interviewed CMAP's Jonathan Burch about the plan's recommendations.

The Morton Grove Champion described the development of an industrial area plan for the Village of Morton Grove. CMAP's Nicole Woods was interviewed.

The Herald-News described proposed state legislation that would allow the City of Joliet to purchase the Joliet Correctional Center for $10. If purchased, the city would be able develop the property to create tourism opportunities, as recommended by a Urban Land Institute (ULI) Chicago Technical Assistance Panel on redevelopment opportunities at the former prison, which culminated in a May 2012 report.


GO TO 2040 roundtable.  Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle, RTA acting executive director Leanne Redden, and Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner will join me for the Metropolitan Planning Council's (MPC) "Progress on the GO TO 2040 Comprehensive Plan" roundtable on May 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at MPC offices (140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400, Chicago).

Performance-based funding.  Transparent evaluation criteria based on "performance-based funding" can improve transportation decision making, as described in a CMAP microsite and detailed analysis.

O'Hare subregional analysis.  CMAP's new O'Hare Subregional Freight-Manufacturing Drill-Down Report assesses how local conditions support the competitiveness of the subregion's freight and manufacturing cluster and describes opportunities to ensure its continued success. Learn more in a Policy Update.

Enhanced mobility projects.  The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has issued a call for projects for Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program. Applications are due at noon on July 11.  An informational session will be held at RTA (175 W. Jackson, Suite 1600, Chicago) on May 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Transit event.  Pace and the Village of Niles will host public open houses for the Niles Free Bus Modernization Project on June 12 at the Niles Public Library (6960 W. Oakton Street, Niles), with sessions at 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.



Progress on the GO TO 2040 Comprehensive Plan roundtable
May 29, 2014
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Planning Council offices:  140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400, Chicago
Hosted by MPC
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CMAP and RTA call for projects informational session
June 3, 2014
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
CMAP offices:  233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago
Hosted by CMAP and RTA
More information