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August 22, 2014

CMAP Weekly Update, 8-22-14

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Legislative and policy statements.  CMAP has articulated federal and state policy positions to guide the agency as it works with partners to implement GO TO 2040.  On the federal side, the CMAP Board has adopted a legislative agenda, transportation reauthorization principles, and freight policy principles.  The CMAP Board also approved a 2014 state legislative framework and agenda, as well as principles for a new state capital program.

CMAQ in the news. The Herald-News described the success and expansion of Pace's bus-on-shoulder service on I-55. Funding from CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program has helped support this express bus service.


Other News and Announcements

Soles and Spokes.  A U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) report describes national trends in bicycling and walking to work.  We also highlighted a City of Boston program that subsidizes bike-sharing memberships for low-income residents.

Mode choice survey.  The Northwestern University Transportation Center is conducting a 15-minute survey to better understand travel attributes and traveler choices.

Urban forestry webinars.  The U.S. Forest Service has launched a free webinar series that airs from noon to 1:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month.  Upcoming topics include urban forests for human health and wellness, California climate policy's relationship to urban forests, and tree risk assessment for municipal individuals.

Grant writing.  The Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy and Grant Writing USA will host a grant writing class on September 8-9, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy (2000 N. 5th Avenue, River Grove).

CRN training series.  The Chicago Rehab Network's Community Development and Empowerment Series begins September 17 and covers the fundamentals of housing development and management in a community development context.  Participants can register on-line or by calling 312-663-3936.

River clean-up and celebration.  The Village of Algonquin and Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will host the annual "It's Our River Day" on September 20 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Cornish Park in downtown Algonquin.

Waste management symposium.  The Delta Institute will host "Transforming Waste in Chicagoland" on September 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at CMAP's offices (223 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago).  RSVP for the free symposium at


Local Technical Assistance

The Adler School of Professional Psychology's Institute on Social Exclusion will host a two town hall meetings to share findings of a recent Health Impact Analysis for the Chicago neighborhoods of Pilsen and Little Village.  The Pilsen meeting is on August 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Bartolome de Las Casas (1641 W. 16th Street, Chicago), and the Little Village meeting will be August 27 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Universidad Popular (2801 S. Hamlin Avenue, Chicago).  This study, which examined the health impacts of increased access to open space in community areas, will help inform policies in the City of Chicago's land use plan for the two communities.



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

Congestion pricing.  Learn more about the regional effort to implement congestion pricing, with express toll lanes that will help manage traffic and give drivers better choices for getting around.

Climate planning workshop.  The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Illinois State Climatologist 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.

Energy efficiency grants.  The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus released a Request for Proposals for the 2014-15 Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program, which provides funding and technical assistance to help local governments update and retrofit public facilities.  The early and final deadlines for proposals are September 1 and November 1, respectively.



Beyond the Basics: Making Green Stormwater Practices Pay Off for Your Community
September 9-10, 2014
Locations: September 9 at Morton Arboretum, Lisle; September 10 at Bobak's Signature Events, Woodridge
Hosted by The Conservation Foundation and Illinois EPA 
Note:  Early registration ends September 1.

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