Illinois has between 6,963 and 8,516 units of local government -- which is not necessarily a problem. When many small adjacent jurisdictions provide the same services, however, the result can be higher costs or lower overall capacity to provide services. In addition, the presence of many overlapping units of government could result in insufficient civic participation or weak service coordination.
A new CMAP Policy Update
outlines considerations for local government consolidation, summarizes recent state legislation, and describes how New York is encouraging its local governments to consolidate.
Planning in Aurora
The City of Aurora will hold a public open house for its new Downtown Master Plan
from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 22, in the Meyer Ballroom of the Paramount Theatre (8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora). New Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin will give opening remarks at the meeting. The plan is supported by the CMAP Local Technical Assistance
(LTA) program. Contact Lindsay Bayley (firstname.lastname@example.org
) with questions.
Alternative Futures public workshop
The Village of Schaumburg will host a public workshop
to discuss Alternative Futures from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, at Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts (201 Schaumburg Ct., Schaumburg). Attendees will be encouraged to share feedback on how planning can help the future of the region and Schaumburg in particular. CMAP will carefully consider input from the workshop when drafting ON TO 2050.
Des Plaines open house
The City of Des Plaines and CMAP's LTA program need your help in developing the next comprehensive plan
that will set forth the vision, goals, and objectives of the City over the next 10 years. Attend an open house at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, at the Des Plaines Public Library (1501 Ellinwood Ave., Des Plaines) to share your thoughts.
LTA Call for Projects
The Call for Projects
for the LTA and RTA Community Planning programs is open for applications until June 29.
ON TO 2050 outreach
Special thanks to Will County Center for Community Concerns, the residents of the Village of Park Forest, the MacArthur Foundation, No Small Plans, UChicago Crime Lab, and McHenry County Active Communities Forum for hosting Alternative Futures events this week. To arrange a discussion for your organization, please contact Jane Grover (email@example.com or 312-386-8802).