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CMAP Weekly Update, 8-15-14

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Unemployment measures.  Alternative measures of unemployment can provide a more complete picture of national and local labor market trends.  A Policy Update, building on data from the CMAP regional economic indicators microsite, examines the complexities of tracking unemployment data.

CMAQ in the news.  Several projects funded by CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program were featured in the news this week.  Better Roads described the new Park and Ride facilities for Pace bus stations along the I-90 Jane Addams Memorial Tollway.  The Chicago TribuneSouthtown Star, and Streetsblog described the success of Pace's bus-on-shoulder service on I-55, the Stevenson Expressway, and the possibility of similar service on the I-94 Edens Expressway.  Finally, work is underway in Geneva on the Illinois Route 38 overpass.  Read more in the Kane County Chronicle and the Beacon-News.

Other News and Announcements

Soles and Spokes.  A report describes how active transportation networks can promote health.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is offering free trail designations to Grand Illinois Trail partner jurisdictions. 

Old Place/New Tricks.  The Metropolitan Planning Council encouraged individuals and community groups to "teach an Old Place New Tricks" by activating a public space August 15-17, 2014, as part of its 2014 Placemaking Challenge.  A map highlights events throughout the region this weekend.

Water webcast.  The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission will host a watershed and stormwater management webcast on September 10 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at 500 W. Winchester, Libertyville.  Attendees should RSVP to Darcy Hertel

Climate change panel.  The Association for Strategic Planning and cosponsors will host "Preparing for Climate Change:  The Chicago Story" on September 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at LiveLab Network Studios (678 N. Wells, Chicago).  Advanced registration ends September 17.

Local Technical Assistance

An August update for all LTA projects is now available. 

Residents of Crystal Lake and North Chicago can submit comments on planning projects underway in their communities.  Read more about Crystal Lake's transportation master plan in the Northwest Herald

The Hinsdalean
 and The Doings discussed implementation of Hinsdale's parking management strategies plan


FLIP applications.  Applications for CMAP's 2014-15 Future Leaders in Planning program are due September 22, 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).

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.

Climate planning workshop.  The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Illinois State Climate Office, and Midwest Regional Climate Center, in partnership with CMAP, will host "Resilient Chicago:  Climate Planning for the Future" on September 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at our offices (233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago).  Register for the free, one-day workshop. 


Resilient Chicago:  Climate Planning for the Future
September 30, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
CMAP:  233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago
Hosted by the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Illinois State Climatologist Office, and Midwest Regional Climate Center