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CMAP Weekly Update, 7-21-17

Jul 28, 2017

Innovative Transportation on WTTW

Yesterday, Chicago Tonight featured a discussion about how the advent of autonomous vehicles could change the movement of people and goods in our region.  Among the panelists was CMAP's Elizabeth Irvin, who described the benefits -- and some potential pitfalls -- of such technologies, as highlighted by the Innovative Transportation component of our ON TO 2050 Alternative Futures outreach.  Read more, and see the full CMAP video featured during the WTTW segment.

Inclusive Growth strategy paper released

The region's long-term prosperity requires increased economic opportunity and improved quality of life for all residents.  To advance that objective of "Inclusive Growth," CMAP has released a new strategy paper with analysis of how economic inequality is limiting regional growth and strategies for growing more inclusively in the future.  Inclusive Growth will be one of three overarching principles of ON TO 2050, scheduled for adoption in October 2018.
Nearly 100 people attended "The Future of Economy Opportunity," an Alternative Futures forum on Wednesday, July 19, in Homewood. Look for a recap in next Friday's Weekly Update.  Register for the final Futures forum, "Doing More with Less in 2050," from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, at the Libertyville Civic Center (135 W. Church St., Libertyville)

Draft ON TO 2050 Preview Report

Less than two weeks remain to comment on the draft ON TO 2050 Preview Report, which describes likely recommendations organized by the three overarching principles of resilience, inclusive growth, and prioritized investment.
CMAP will incorporate any feedback received through Thursday, August 3, and release the final preview report in October 2017.  A draft of the full ON TO 2050 plan will be released for comment in June 2018, with adoption scheduled for October 2018.

Policy Updates

Illinois FY18 budget
As you know, the General Assembly passed a FY18 budget on July 6, ending the state's two-year budget impasse.  In a new Policy Update, CMAP finds that the budget enacts limited measures to improve the state's finances, maintains past levels of funding for regional transportation, and has a mixed fiscal impact on local governments.  We recommend continued reforms to modernize the state's tax system and address long-term transportation investment and quality of life needs. 
Local leadership on climate change
While climate change is a global issue, many actions can be taken at regional and local levels to reduce emissions and ensure communities are resilient and prepared for more extreme weather events.  A new Policy Update looks at the City of Chicago's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.  The Update also describes how other municipalities can integrate climate resilience into long-term planning.

CMAP happenings

CMAP executive director to speak at City Club
After months of Alternative Futures public engagement around the Chicago region, CMAP executive director Joe Szabo will tell attendees at the City Club of Chicago what our agency heard and how that feedback will help shape the region's next comprehensive plan, ON TO 2050.  Register now for the Wednesday, August 30, speech on "Alternative Futures: What will shape Chicagoland's quality of life and economic prosperity," which begins at 11:30 a.m. at Maggiano's Banquets (111 W. Grand Ave., Chicago).  
ON TO 2050 outreach 
Thank you to the residents of Park Forest, the League of Women Voters of Lake County, and the Equestrian Coalition of McHenry County for hosting ON TO 2050 Alternative Futures events this week.  To arrange a discussion, contact Jane Grover (312-386-8802 or 
Wilmington public visioning
CMAP and the City of Wilmington will host a public visioning workshop for the Wilmington Downtown Plan from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9, at the Wilmington island Park District (315 N. Water St., Wilmington).  For questions, contact Maggie Jarr (312-386-8693 or

Planning in the news

Stormwater on the rise
The region -- Lake and McHenry counties in particular -- continues to deal with heavy rain and flooding due to strong storms over the past week. The Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, Northwest Herald, and several other news organizations have reported on flood damages to homes, schools, businesses, and infrastructure around the region.  Improving communities' resilience to stormwater is an important emphasis of the developing ON TO 2050 plan.
California passes revenue package
Governing magazine reported on a gas tax increase that passed in California to raise $54 billion over the next decade.  About 65 percent of the funds will go toward fixing the state's existing infrastructure including repaving 17,000 miles of highway and fixing 500 bridges.
Soles and Spokes
A report to IDOT by the University of Illinois at Chicago outlines ways to improve and enhance public engagement.  Research from Gallup and Healthways shows that overall well-being is tied to active living and environments that promote active living.

Around the region

Drive Clean station applications due July 31
The City of Chicago is now accepting applications for Drive Clean Fast Charging projects.  Projects must take place in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, or Will counties. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on July 31. Visit Drive Clean Chicago for more.


Advancing a Healthy Community Workshop 
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
233 South Wacker Dr., 8th Floor 
Chicago, IL 60606
July 27, 2017
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 
Chicago Shared Mobility Open House
WeWork National Building
125 S. Clark Street, Floor 17 
Chicago, IL 60603
July 27, 2017
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
ON TO 2050 public workshop
Village of Wilmette Council Chambers
1200 Wilmette Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091
August 1, 2017
7:00 p.m
Doing More with Less in 2050
Libertyville Civic Center
135 W. Church St.
Libertyville, IL 60048
August 15, 2017
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
City Club of Chicago: Alternative Futures
Maggiano's Banquets
111 W. Grand Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60654  
August 30, 2017
11:30 a.m.
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