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CMAP Weekly Update, 7-26-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, new resolution from the Lake County Transportation Alliance in support of congestion pricing, Policy Update on recent steps by Cook County and the State of Illinois to disclose economic development incentive data, and updates from the Local Technical Assistance program.Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

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Congestion pricing campaign. This week the Lake County Transportation Alliance became the latest organization to pass a resolution in support of CMAP's congestion pricing campaign. To join this effort, please contact Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or

Policy Updates. Both Cook County and the State of Illinois recently took steps to disclose economic development incentive data. Cook County released a report detailing the revenue generated in each of its Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts for tax year 2012, and it also announced that additional TIF data will be provided along with all property tax bills beginning in the summer of 2014. Additionally, the Illinois Department of Revenue launched a new website for providing data on sales tax rebate agreements. Later this summer, CMAP will release its own study of economic development incentives, with a focus on TIF, sales tax rebates, property tax abatements, and incentive classes. In other news, Chicago Grid described last week's Policy Update on tax system efficiency.

EI2 rebates expiring soon. Time is running out to take advantage of rebates to improve the comfort of your home. Energy Impact Illinois-certified contractor availability is filing up fast and rebates of up to $1,750 are only available for those who complete work by September 20, 2013. To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT today.

Other News and Announcements

Climate adaptation toolkit in the news. DuPage radio station 90.9 FM WDBC interviewed CMAP's Jesse Elam about CMAP's new Climate Adaptation Guidebook for Municipalities in the Chicago Region, which can help local communities adjust their planning and investment decisions to address future weather impacts. Supplemental resources address self-assessment and financing.

LTA program. Among recent highlights from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program:

NLSD plan. The Illinois and Chicago Departments of Transportation are partnering on a plan to improve North Lake Shore Drive from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue. Provide feedback at three public meetings to be held August 6-8, 2013.

Bike and chow. The Active Transportation Alliance is hosting a Four-Star Bike & Chow event Sunday, August 25. Participants can choose 12-, 22-, 35-, and 62-mile route options, with opportunities to try delicious snacks along the way. Early registration ends August 12 -- enter code "goto2040" for a $5 discount.

Virtual summit. Google will host a virtual summit, Innovation for the Nation, to explore how government employees can "work smarter, work more efficiently, and better serve citizens" from July 31 to August 1, 2013.

CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog announced CMAP's Transportation Alternatives program call for projects. We also featured a recent study that examines the health and environmental benefits of active transportation.


FY 2013-14 Transportation Alternatives program call for projects. CMAP is now accepting proposals to build bicycle and pedestrian facilities using funding from the new federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Local or regional government entities responsible for transportation or multi-use trails are eligible to apply. Applicants must provide at least 20 percent of the total project cost from non-federal sources, and these matching funds must already be committed when the proposal is submitted to CMAP. For more information, contact Jesse Elam ( or 312-386-8688). Applications are due August 20, 2013.

Performance-based funding. GO TO 2040 recommends that transportation funding decisions be based on transparent evaluation criteria, and calls on the region's transportation stakeholders to develop and utilize the necessary performance measures. A new microsite describes how "performance-based funding" can improve transparency and decision making and includes a compendium of related CMAP research and analysis.

State bike plan. The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking public input on its Illinois Bicycle Transportation Plan via an interactive survey and webinar on July 30 from noon to 1:00 p.m. Register at

FLIP applications. Applications are still available for next year's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2013-14 school year are eligible. The final deadline for applications is September 23. For more information, contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).

Public comment requested on amendment to Cook County Action Plan. Cook County is seeking public input on its draft Substantial Amendment to the 2012 Annual Action Plan through July 29, 2013. Written comments should be sent to Jennifer Miller, Program Manager, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, 69 W. Washington, Suite 2900, Chicago, IL 60602, or


Working with Indoor and Outdoor Water uses workshop

July 31, 2013
8:30 a.m. to noon
DuPage Water Commission headquarters: 600 E. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst
Hosted by the DuPage Water Commission, Metropolitan Planning Council, MWH Global, and CMAP

Milwaukee Avenue design workshop

August 7, 2013

5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Niles Village Library: 6960 W. Oakton Street, Niles
Hosted by the Village of Niles
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