Media Coverage Archive 2017

Jan 5, 2018

Media Coverage

Below are CMAP-related news stories from the current calendar year. See archived media coverage since 2010.

December

December 27, 2017
Oswego and Yorkville to share facilities manager by Linda Giradi
Published by Aurora Beacon News
This article describes a shared service agreement between Oswego and Yorkville, the idea for which was a recommendation in the Lower Fox River Partnership Initiative, a shared services study completed with support from the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

December 20, 2017
Will County Forest Preserve trail connection coming to Black Road corridor in 2018
Published by Joliet Herald-News
This article describes a new bicycle and pedestrian path, which will be partially funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

December 20, 2017
Declining population knocks Illinois down to 6th largest state by Rachel Hinton
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
This article describes U.S. Census data for the Chicago metropolitan region and state of Illinois. CMAP staffer Liz Schuh is quoted.

December 17, 2017
For sale: Historic bridge in Jackson Park by Lolly Bowean
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge, the rebuild of which will be partially funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

December 15, 2017
Congestion pricing? Sure. But steer clear of those $40 Lexus lanes by Chicago Tribune Editorial Board
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes congestion pricing as used elsewhere in the United States, describes CMAP’s position on the issue, and explains the proposal for the Stevenson Expressway.

December 14, 2017
Committee to start work on allocating VW diesel-scandal funds by Andrew Steele
Published by the Times of Northwest Indiana
This article describes the Household Travel and Activity Survey being done in conjunction with NIRPC to study regional travel patterns.

December 11, 2017
Congestion pricing could clear up Chicago by Blaise Mesa
Published by the Columbia Chronicle
This article describes CMAP’s position on congestion pricing and its possible impact on transportation in the Chicago region.

December 11, 2017
State expands plan to add toll lanes on I-55 by Mary Wisniewski
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes a possible plan to add congestion priced lanes on I-55.

December 11, 2017
Supreme Court hears sports betting case, Congestion Pricing, Illinois Politics
The 21st – A production of Illinois Public Media
In this radio conversation, CMAP staffer Jesse Elam is interviewed about congestion pricing and its possible impact on transportation in the Chicago region.

December 7, 2017
North LSD survey says people want more buses, fewer cars by Charles Papanek
Published by Streestblog Chicago
This article describes a survey done as part of a project to rebuild North Lake Shore Drive.

December 1, 2017
Randall Road Corridor: McHenry County to begin widening project in summer 2018 by Ed Komenda
Published by Northwest Herald
This article describes a construction project in McHenry County, which will be partially funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

December 1, 2017
How much would you pay to avoid traffic? Illinois and ‘Congestion Pricing’ by Judith Crown
Published by Crain’s Chicago Business and the Better Government Association
This article describes CMAP’s position on congestion pricing and its possible impact on transportation in the Chicago region.

November

November 23, 2017
Aurora Oks agreement for new pedestrian bridge over Fox River by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon News
This article describes a project to enhance the Aurora Transportation Center, including a new pedestrian bridge over the Fox River, which will be partially funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

November 22, 2017
Oswego vote pending on $64 million downtown project
Published by Kendall County Now
This article describes downtown development in Oswego and mentions CMAP’s recommendation for communities to encourage walkable, mixed-use communities.

November 17, 2017
Chicago Street roadwork plans next year in Elgin by Elena Ferrarin
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes road construction in Elgin, including a new bike route, which will be partially funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

November 17, 2017
Two years in the making, Aurora adopts downtown plan by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon News
This article describes the Downtown Master Plan for Aurora, which was completed with support from CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

November 9, 2017
Aurora downtown plan ready for a vote by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon News
This article describes the Downtown Master Plan for Aurora, which was completed with support from CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

November 7, 2017
Hope and change collide on the South Side by Curtis Lawrence
Published by CityLab
This article describes development in the Chicago neighborhoods near the future Obama Presidential Center and references CMAP Community Data Snapshot demographic data about the area.

November 6, 2017
Lincolnshire to ask again for partners on Milwaukee Avenue study after being denied grant by Phil Rockrohr
Published by Lincolnshire Review
This article describes Lincolnshire’s efforts to get support of neighboring communities to apply for a study through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

November 6, 2017
Crystal Lake City Council to vote on transportation plan Tuesday
Published by Northwest Herald
This article describes the Crystal Lake Transportation Plan, which was completed with support from CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

November 6, 2017
As crashes rise, suburbs push to build in safety for walkers, cyclists by Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
This article is part of a series on bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities in the suburbs.

November 4, 2017
Bicyclist, pedestrian fatalities on the rise in suburbs by Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
This article is part of a series on bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities in the suburbs. CMAP staffer Lindsay Bayley is quoted.

November 1, 2017
Working in tandem, Wheaton and feds making bicycling safer by Robert Hadley
Published by DuPage Policy Journal
This article describes the Bikeway Signage Program in Wheaton, which will point bicyclists around town and to amenities such as the Prairie Path or local library and schools. The program was partially funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

October

 October 31, 2017
Aurora-area bike sharing program gets boost from planning agency by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon News
This article describes a plan selected by CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to develop a regional bicycle and pedestrian program with Aurora, Elgin, Naperville, Algonquin, McHenry, and South Elgin.

October 28, 2017
‘A long time coming’: Aurora Transportation Center project on track by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon News
This article describes improvements to the Aurora Transportation Center, which will be partially funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

October 26, 2017
Is congestion pricing the key to solving Chicago’s traffic woes?
Published by Curbed Chicago
This article describes CMAP’s position on congestion pricing.

October 26, 2017
Future of Bridgeport, Canaryville to be focus of new community plan by Joe Ward
Published by DNA Info
This article describes a Planning Priorities Report in Bridgeport and Canaryville to be conducted with support from CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

October 25, 2017
Solving Chicago’s gear-grinding gridlock by Chicago Tribune Editorial Board
Published by Chicago Tribune
This editorial describes the benefits of exploring congestion pricing and the Expressway Vision project CMAP is working on with the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Tollway.

October 25, 2017
Elmhurst receives $10 million grant for Metra station improvements by Mary Stroka
Published by My Suburban Life
This article describes the partial grant funding the city of Elmhurst received through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program to remodel its Metra station.

October 24, 2017
752 bike signs coming to Wheaton
Published by Patch
This article describes the Bikeway Signage Program in Wheaton, which will point bicyclists around town and to amenities such as the Prairie Path or local library and schools. The program was partially funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

October 23, 2017
North Avenue revitalization a goal in Oak Park, Chicago by Steve Schering
Published by Oak Leaves
This article describes a new North Avenue District economic development and land use plan for Oak Park and Chicago to be conducted with support from CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

October 23, 2017
New Berwyn zoning code offers user-friendly experience by Aimee Barrows
Published by My Suburban Life
This article describes the new Berwyn Zoning Code, developed with support from CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

October 23, 2017
New Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning projects coming to McHenry County
Published by Northwest Herald
This article describes new projects in McHenry County selected in the 2017 Call for Projects for CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

October 19, 2017
Why Lake County group is focusing on driverless cars, new technology by Mick Zawislak
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes the Lake County Transportation Alliance’s annual meeting, where the future of innovative transportation was a topic. CMAP staffer Elizabeth Irvin is quoted.

October 18, 2017
Channahon looking at trial period for backyard chickens
Published by Joliet Herald-News
This article mentions the new Channahon comprehensive plan, which will be completed with support from CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

October 17, 2017
Elmhurst gets $10 million grant for Metra station upgrades
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes the partial grant funding the city of Elmhurst received through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program to remodel its Metra station.

October 16, 2017
Chicago receives $15.5 million federal grant to purchase new electric vehicles, charging stationsPublished by Transportation Today News
This article describes Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) partial funding that will allow the city of Chicago to purchase almost 200 electric vehicles.

October 13, 2017
Planners target expressways now clogged 5.5 hours a day by Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes the Expressway Vision project CMAP is working on with the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Tollway.

October 13, 2017
$57 million grant helps city move forward with State-Lake ‘L’ station rehab by William Lee
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes a plan to rebuild the State and Lake ‘L’ station with partial funding from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

October 12, 2017
State/Lake ‘L’ station will become wheelchair-friendly by Steven Vance
Published by Streetsblog Chicago
This article describes a plan to rebuild the State and Lake ‘L’ station with partial funding from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

October 12, 2017
CTA lands $57 million to rebuild State/Lake el stop by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain’s Chicago Business
This article describes a plan to rebuild the State and Lake ‘L’ station with partial funding from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

October 12, 2017
Aurora Transportation Center, bridge project moving forward by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon News
This article describes improvements to the Aurora Transportation Center, which will be partially funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

October 11, 2017
Is there a pork chop island in your ‘hood? Probably, and no it’s not edible by Linze Rice
Published by DNA Info
This article describes a certain kind of intersection described as a ‘pork chop’ and references CMAP research on such intersections and their effect on safety.

October 8, 2017
Pace to add new, quicker bus service for some city and suburban arterial routes by Mary Wisniewski
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes plans for increased Pace bus service in the Chicago region, including through projects partially funded by Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) grants.

September

 September 30, 2017
Aldermen stress Aurora riverwalk’s importance to downtown master plan by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes reactions to a draft of the Downtown Master Plan for Aurora, which was supported by CMAP’s LTA program.

September 20, 2017
Weigh in on Fox River Corridor Plan at Lake Barrington open house by Megan Jones
Published by Northwest Herald
This article describes an upcoming open house for the LTA project on the Fox River Corridor in Lake and McHenry counties.

September 18, 2017
Residents of all ages ‘Bike Arlington Heights’ as village plans upgrades for cyclists by Karen Ann Cullotta
Published by Arlington Post
This article describes the newly approved Arlington Heights Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan supported by CMAP’s LTA program.

September 12, 2017
Could Chicago’s logistics industry boost its bid for the Amazon HQ? by Whet Moser
Published by Chicago Magazine
This article describes the Chicago bid for the new Amazon headquarters.

September 11, 2017
In Arlington Heights, a recipe for a successful downtown by Kerry Lester
Published by the Daily Herald
This article describes walkable communities such as Arlington Heights and work of the Local Technical Assistance program in Aurora and other communities.

September 4, 2017
Lester: Archdiocese schools could net half of new scholarships created by funding bill by Kerry Lester
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes the newly approved Arlington Heights Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan supported by CMAP’s LTA program.

September 1, 2017
Opposition stalls proposed Chinatown special services tax by Rachel Hinton
Published by Chicago Gazette
This article describes a proposed special service assessment in Chinatown. CMAP’s Stephen Ostrander is quoted.

 

August

 August 31, 2017
Chicago railway blues described as heading for dead end without change by Caitlin Nordahl
Published by Chicago City Wire
This article describes the Chicago region’s place in the freight industry and backups that occur in the region.

August 30, 2017
While some businesses get tax breaks, others get new tax by Jake Griffin
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes the issues with sales tax incentives in communities in the Chicago area. CMAP research on the topic is mentioned.

August 30, 2017
Last Chance: Check out CMAP’s Alternative Future kiosks throughout county
Published by Kane County Connects
This article describes the Alternative Futures campaign.

August 30, 2017
City Club of Chicago: Alternative Futures – What will shape Chicagoland’s quality of life and economic prosperity
Published by WGN Radio
This is audio of CMAP Executive Director Joe Szabo’s speech to the City Club of Chicago.

August 25, 2017
The loop’s new Washington-Wabash ‘L’ station opens August 31 by AJ LaTrace
Published by Curbed Chicago
This article describes a renovated transit station opening in the Loop that was partially funded through Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement funding.

August 24, 2017
CMAP seeks feedback on plan for the future by Morning Shift
Published by WBEZ Chicago
This article describes the Alternative Futures campaign.

August 24, 2017
Orland Park planning to bring roundabouts to village by Mike Nolan
Published by the Daily Southtown
This article describes plans by the village of Orland Park to install traffic roundabouts.

August 24, 2017
Input sought on long-range plan by Daily Herald
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes a public workshop to be held by CMAP on ON TO 2050 and Alternative Futures in Round Lake.

August 23, 2017
As the nation’s rail hub, Chicago is an expensive and dangerous bottleneck by Judith Crown
Published by the Better Government Association and Crain’s Chicago Business
This article describes the Chicago region’s place in the freight industry and backups that occur in the region. CMAP Executive Director Joe Szabo is quoted.

August 21, 2017
Pedestrian bridge over Fox River ‘will be built next year’ by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes a pedestrian bridge that will be built in Aurora with support from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Control (CMAQ) program.

August 12, 2017
POWER OF TEN summit boosts regional action by Carol Hudler
Published by the Tennessean
This article describes a regional summit where CMAP Executive Director Joseph Szabo was a keynote speaker.

August 9, 2017
Development near Kimball, Kedzie Brown Line stations: Weigh in at meetings by Patty Wetli
Published by DNA Info
This article describes the Lawrence Avenue Transit Oriented Development Study and Brown Line Core Capacity Project, which are receiving CMAP funding.

August 8, 2017
Immigrants bypassing Chicago for other cities by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain’s Chicago Business
This article details the decline of Chicago’s immigrant population. CMAP principal researcher Liz Schuh is quoted.

August 6, 2017
County Mayor Anderson to speak at “Sustaining the Boom” regional summit by David Walsh
Published by Franklin Home Page
This article highlights Mayor Anderson who spoke with CMAP executive director Joe Szabo at the POWER OF TEN Regional Summit.

August 5, 2017
Why the trucking industry is being remade here (and it’s not autonomous vehicles) by John Pletz
Published by Crain’s Chicago Business
This article describes the innovations in freight logistics that are underway in the chicago region.

August 4, 2017
Ald. Cardenas proposes redevelopment of historic McKinley Park buildings by Eva Hofmann
Published by Gazette Chicago
This article describes a redevelopment effort to repurpose former manufacturing buildings into senior and family housing lofts. McKinley Park has applied for a grant for a comprehensive plan through CMAP’s LTA program.

August 4, 2017
New riverfront park considered for site of shuttered Fisk power plant by Robert Kingett
Published by Gazette Chicago
The article describes a plan to create the Throop Street River Park, located on the former site of the old Fisk coal-fired plant.

 

July

July 31, 2017
Romeoville Oks new comprehensive plan by Shannon Antinori
Published by Romeoville Patch
This article describes Romeoville’s new comprehensive plan, developed with support from the Local Technical Assistance program.

July 28, 2017
Understanding Rust Belt Housing Markets by Pete Saunders
Published by Forbes
The article describes findings from two studies on housing characteristics in the Chicago and Detroit Metros. CMAP, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Metropolitan Planning Council, and Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University collaborated to create the report on the Chicago metro housing market, titled Regional Housing Solutions.

July 27, 2017
Alderman Cardenas Objects Pilsen and Little Village Action Plan by Editor
Published by Lawndale News
The article describes Alderman Cardnenas objection to the Pilsen and Little Village Action Plan, created in partnership by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), over concerns of affordable housing and displacement of low-income residents.

July 26, 2017
Petition to Extend Green Line to Obama Center Has Hundreds of Signatures. What’s Next? By Michael Podgers
Published by Streetsblog Chicago
The article describes the benefits and challenges of extending the green line to Jackson Park, which was included in CMAP’s list of regionally significant projects.

July 20, 2017
Speeding Toward the Future of Driverless Cars by Evan Garcia
Published by WTTW Chicago Tonight
An article and video discussing the future prospects of autonomous vehicles and its potential to transform the physical landscape. CMAP’s Elizabeth Irvin is featured.

July 13, 2017
It's getting harder for kids to move up the economic ladder. He's got ideas how to fix that by Kate MacArthur
Published by Chicago Tribune
Interview with Lazaro Lopez, a panelist on CMAP’s The Future of Economic Opportunity forum.

July 13, 2017
Irrigation Playing Role in Water Issues Across Illinois by Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
Published by Successful Farming
This article describes the challenges of planning for the future that will require more water including CMAP’s current and potential role.

July 13, 2017
15 Good Government Reforms Illinois Lawmakers Approved This Session by Danish Murtaza
Published by Better Government Association
This article describes HB 2538, a bill that was passed to allow CMAP to livestream and record their public meetings and publish them on the CMAP website.

July 13, 2017
Romeoville Reviews Comprehensive Plan by Grace Tucker
Published by The Bugle
The article describes Romeoville’s newest Comprehensive Plan that is being reviewed by civic leaders. CMAP assisted in development the plan.

July 12, 2017
Improving South Halsted Bus Service Focus Of New CTA Study by Andrea V. Watson
Published by DNAinfo Chicago
This article describes a study by CTA and PACE to improve service reliability and safety on South Halsted Street for the far south side and south suburbs. The study was partially funded by federal grant money awarded from CMAP.

July 7, 2017
Analysis: Minority groups edge closer to majority in Chicago region by Maya Miller
Published by Chicago Tonight
This article describes CMAP’s analysis of population and demographic trends.

July 6, 2017
What’s the holdup at area rail crossings by Chris Coffey and Katy Smyser
Published by NBC Chicago
This vide describes the freight delays in the Chicago region and the possible effects of CREATE projects.

July 5, 2017
North Branch zoning ordinance, new libraries headed to Chicago Plan Commission by Jay Koziarz
Published by Curbed Chicago
This article describes several new items going to the Chicago Plan Commission including the city’s Pilson and Little Village plan developed with support from the LTA program.

July 5, 2017
Chicago area now almost majority minority by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain’s Chicago
This article describes CMAP’s analysis of population and demographic trends.

July 5, 2017
Advocates: End of Illinois’ budget crisis could be the start of better transportation policy by John Greenfield
Streetsblog Chicago
This article describes the Illinois budget situation as it relations to transportation in the Chicago region.

July 3, 2017
In Transit: Crosswalks, interchanges and buses to O'Hare on readers' minds by Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes a CMAP study of bicycle trails near the Crabtree Nature Center and Fox River Trail.

June

June 30, 2017
Planning for a new Chicagoland by Chicago Tribune Editorial Board
Published by Chicago Tribune
This editorial describes the development of ON TO 2050 and the importance of planning for the region.

June 29, 2017
75th Street rail project hits a Trump bump by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article describes the status of the $1 billion 75 Street Corridor Improvement Project. CMAP executive director Joseph Szabo is quoted.

Berwyn's new marketing campaign is full of ‘character' by Aimee Barrows
Published by Berwyn News
This article describes Berwyn's new marketing campaign to target first-time or "move-up" homebuyers, which was featured in a recent Homes for  Changing Region toolkit.

June 27, 2017
Public input invited on new comprehensive plan for Des Plaines by Lauren Barry
Published by Journal-Topics
This article describes an open house for the new Des Plaines Comprehensive Plan, a project supported by CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

Lincolnshire officials to pursue grant funding for Milwaukee Avenue study without Buffalo Grove by Ronnie Watcher
Published by Lincolnshire Review
This article describes an application from Lincolnshire to CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Call for Projects.

June 26, 2017
Des Plaines to open house for comprehensive plan
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes an open house for the new Des Plaines Comprehensive Plan, a project supported by CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

June 23, 2017
Latest downtown plan shows Aurora ‘on the brink' of breakthrough by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
This article previews the draft Downtown master Plan in Aurora, which was completed with support from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

June 22, 2017
Chicago metro area losing its families by Greg Hinz
This article describes new data released by the U.S. Census and analyzed by CMAP that shows population shifts in the Chicago region.

New apartments smaller? Here's one reason why by Bill Smith
Published by Evanston Now
This article describes new data released by the U.S. Census and analyzed by CMAP that shows population shifts in the Chicago region.

June 20, 2017
Wintrust Business Lunch
Published by WGN Radio
This audio interview with CMAP's Elizabeth Irvine describes the Innovative Transportation Alternative Future being discussed in June and previews the upcoming forum.

June 18, 2017
Why aging baby boomers will find few moderately priced senior housing options by Gail MarksJarvis
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the need for more affordable housing for the region's senior population. CMAP's analysis of the region's changing demographics is mentioned.

June 17, 2017
Open house to show downtown Aurora plan
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
This article previews an open house to be held for the draft Downtown master Plan in Aurora, which was completed with support from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

June 16, 2017
Village works to update bicycle, pedestrian plan
Published by Journal-Topics
This article describes the development of the Arlington Heights Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which was completed with support from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

June 15, 2017
McHenry to host workshop on regional planning effort for future by Nate Linhart
Published by Northwest Herald
This article describes a CMAP ON TO 2050 outreach workshop held in McHenry. CMAP's Mandy Burrell Booth is quoted.

June 12, 2017
Romeoville to welcome new Metra station in early 2018 by Mike Mallory
Published by The Joliet Herald-News
This article describes a new Metra station planned for Romeoville along the Heritage Corridor line. The project is partially funded by CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

June 7, 2017
As Edgewater gets older, need for affordable housing grows, officials say by Linze Rice
Published by DNA Info Chicago
This article describes demographic shifts in Edgewater. CMAP's Elizabeth Irvin is quoted.

May

May 29, 2017
Arlington Heights bike plan open house Thursday
Published by Daily herald
This article describes and upcoming open house for the Arlington Heights Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which was completed with support from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

May 25, 2017
Illinois Tollway board approved $25 million Route 53 study by Mary Wisniewski
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes a vote held by the Illinois Tollway board to approve an environmental impact study on the proposed extension of Route 53/120.

May 25, 2017
Census data: Population loss in lower-income cities offsets growth in southern Lake County by Luke Hammill
Published by Lake County News-Sun
This article describes new census data that shows slight declines in the Chicago region's population. CMAP's Elizabeth Schuh is quoted.

May 25, 2017
Population decline now reaching into suburbs by Jake Griffin
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes new census data that shows slight declines in the Chicago region's population. CMAP's Elizabeth Schuh is quoted.

May 24, 2017
Future of transit: How will driverless cars and other changes impact Chicago by Kate MacArthur
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes CMAP's Innovative Transportation Alternative Future and upcoming forum on June 22.

May 23, 2017
Plan for North Lawndale to tackle vacant lots, economic development by Maya Miller
Published by WTTW Chicago Tonight
This article describes the North Lawndale Neighborhood Plan, which is being developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, and previews an upcoming planning conference for the project.

May 23, 2017
Chicago programs aim to lead minority youth to city planning by Johnny Magdaleno
Published by Next City
This article describes CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program and other organization's efforts to get diverse young people involved in urban planning in Chicago.

May 19, 2017
CMAP: Federal housing programs won't fund walkable neighborhoods by Steven Vance
Published by Streetsblog Chicago
This article describes CMAP's new strategy paper, Expanding Housing Choice.

May 18, 2017
CMAP's new housing strategy paper sets up future recommendations for the region by Steven Vance
Published by Chicago Cityscape Blog
This article describes CMAP's new strategy paper, Expanding Housing Choice.

May 18, 2017
"More research needed" to find ways to reduce vacant property by Steven Vance
Published by Chicago Cityscape Blog
This article describes CMAP's new strategy paper, Expanding Housing Choice.

May 18, 2017
Railroad at forefront of clean air effort by Karen Caffarini
Published by Post-Tribune
This article describes IHB's efforts to convert most of its fleet to compressed natural gas, a project partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program. CMAP's Ross Patronsky is quoted.

May 18, 2017
Metra breaks ground on new Heritage Corridor Line stop by Mischa Wanek-Libman
Published by RT & S
This article describes the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Romeoville Metra station, which is partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

May 18, 2017
Metra is coming; work begins on Romeoville station by Grace Tucker
Published by Bugle newspapers
This article describes the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Romeoville Metra station, which is partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

May 18, 2017
Austin, Oak Park residents come together for real talk about race, poverty by Xueer Zhang
Published by Austin Talks
This article describes a public meeting held by the Chicago Community Trust to bring together two communities. CMAP's demographic data on Austin is mentioned.

May 16, 2017
What should Chicago look like in 2050 by Maya Miller
Published by WTTW - Chicago Tonight
This article describes ON TO 2050 and the Alternative Futures public engagement campaign. CMAP's Kristin Ihnchak is quoted.

May 15, 2017
Bicyclists take to the streets for Bike Arlington Heights by Karen Ann Cullotta
Published by the Arlington Heights Post (Chicago Tribune)
This article describes a bicycling event in Arlington Heights and the upcoming open house on the Arlington Heights Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

May 11, 2017
Get ‘wonky' to help shape your quality of life by Jim Slusher
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes This article describes ON TO 2050 and the Alternative Futures public engagement campaign.

May 11, 2017
If the future will be walkable, how do we make sure everyone benefits by John Greenfield
Published by Streetsblog Chicago
This article describes a recent Alternative Futures Forum Series event on Walkable Communities.

May 11, 2017
Untold stories in the parking industry by Jenna Miller
Published by the National Center for Business Journalism
This article describes trends and changes in the parking industry, including a CMAP report on parking strategies.

May 10, 2017
Aurora looking at $16.5 million bond issue by Steve Lord
Published by the Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes upcoming capital projects in Aurora, including a $10.6 million grant from CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program that will partially fund improvements to the Aurora Transportation Center and Fox River pedestrian bridge.

May 10, 2017
Joliet prison purchase hinges on legislative action by Megann Horstead
Published by Bugle newspapers
This article describes implementation efforts around the Joliet Correctional Center Redevelopment plan developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

May 8, 2017
Berwyn, CMAP seek public feedback on proposed zoning changes by Aimee Barrows
Published by My Suburban Life
This article describes upcoming public open houses to be held on the new Berwyn Zoning Ordinance developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. CMAP's Kristin Ihnchak is quoted.

May 2, 2017
Chinatown residents are advocating to preserve affordability, create safer streets by John Greenfield
Published by Streetsblog Chicago
This article describes Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood and efforts by the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community to create an Anti-Displacement Map to compliment the Chinatown Community Vision plan completed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

May 2, 2017
How better walkability could improve life across Chicago by Kate MacArthur
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes CMAP's Walkable Communities Alternative Future and previews an upcoming forum.

May 2, 2017
CTA, Metra, Amtrak fare well in budget deal by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article describes an omnibus fiscal 2017 funding bill agreed to by Congressional leaders. Read a policy update on the bill.

May 1, 2017
IHB going CNG by William C. Vantuono
Published by Railway Age
This article describes IHB's efforts to convert most of its fleet to compressed natural gas, a project partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

May 1, 2017
How to get 3,000 pounds of beef jerky from Reno to Seattle by Michael Lenehan
Published by Chicago Magazine
This article describes the Chicago freight and logistics cluster, including that the region is a major hub for the nation.

May 1, 2017
RTA and CMAP co-host informational symposium by RTA
Published by Mass Transit Magazine
This article describes the 2017 Technical Assistance Symposium held May 16 and call for projects open through June 29.

April

April 29, 2017
Why Hunter Harrison doesn't want freight here by Claire Bushey
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article describes the freight environment in Chicago. CMAP executive director Joseph C. Szabo is quoted.

April 29, 2017
Design studio hosts Jeff Park Forward's meeting on regional plan by Brian Nadig
Published by Nadig Newspapers
This article describes an ON TO 2050 workshop held by CMAP's outreach team in Jefferson Park.

April 28, 2017
Duckworth blocks transportation planning rule by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article describes federal legislation passed to repeal an MPO consolidation rule.

April 27, 2017
Bill authored by Rep. Lipinski and Sen. Duckworth eliminating unnecessary regulation passes house by Isaac Sancken
Published by Daily Southtown
This article describes federal legislation passed to repeal an MPO consolidation rule.

April 27, 2017
Duckworth's bipartisan bill to support Illinois jobs passes both chambers
Published by The Riverbender
This article describes federal legislation passed to repeal an MPO consolidation rule.

April 26, 2017
Prinz lecture series to welcome speakers on regional planning, immigration by Desiree Chen
Published by The Doings
This article describes the Elmhurst College Andrew K. Prinz Lecture for Political Awareness, given by CMAP executive director Joseph C. Szabo on May 1.

April 26, 2017
Wintrust Business Lunch: Chicago in 2050 by Jon Hansen and Bennett Wakenight
Published by WGN Radio
This audio includes an in interview with CMAP's Liz Schuh about ON TO 2050, Alternative Futures, and inclusive growth in the Chicago region.

April 26, 2017
Metro agency offers planning, development programs for all by Caitlin Nordahl
Published by Illinois Valley Times
This article describes the 2017 Technical Assistance Symposium co-hosted by CMAP and RTA, and the Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program.

April 26, 2017
Berwyn to host 2 open houses on draft zoning ordinance by Suburban Life Media
Published by My Suburban Life
This article describes upcoming public open houses to be held on a draft of the Berwyn Zoning Code developed through the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

April 25, 2017
Nevertheless, big cities like Chicago persisted to reduce vehicle emissions by Andrea Fox
Published by Efficient Gov
This article describes efforts by Chicago to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CMAP's GO TO 2040 plan, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program, and the agency's recognition as a Clean Fuels Champion by Chicago Area Clean Cities are mentioned.

April 24, 2017
Comprehensive plan helps Franklin Park officials look to the future by Thomas Vogel
Published by Franklin Park Herald-Journal
This article describes an upcoming public meeting to be held on the draft Franklin Park Comprehensive Plan developed through the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. CMAP's John Carlisle is quoted.

April 18, 2017
Sustainability conference planned in Aurora by Joy Davis
Published by the Aurora-Beacon News
This article describes the Fox Valley Sustainability Network's GreenTown Conference where CMAP's Lindsay Bayley will be a speaker. CMAP Executive Director Joe Szabo will speak at a Mayors Breakfast preceding the event.

April 17, 2017
Lincolnshire officials want to partner with Buffalo Grove as they plan for Milwaukee Avenue project by Phil Rockrohr
Published by Buffalo Grove Countryside
This article describes Buffalo Grove and Lincolnshire's intention to apply for the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to create a plan for the Milwaukee Avenue corridor.

April 14, 2017
GreenTown Fox Valley sets agenda and speakers for April 27 event by Charles Colley
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes the Fox Valley Sustainability Network's GreenTown Conference where CMAP's Lindsay Bayley will be a speaker. CMAP Executive Director Joe Szabo will speak at a Mayors Breakfast preceding the event.

April 13, 2017
Bennett rails against state budget impasse by Joe Boyle
Published by the Reporter Online
This article describes a discussion on the Illinois budget at a recent Southwest Conference of Mayors meeting.

April 11, 2017
Duckworth hears about infrastructure issues from Lake County mayors by Luke Hammill
Published by Lake County News-Sun
This article describes a meeting U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth had with mayors in Lake County.

April 10, 2017
Lincolnshire officials want a development plan for Milwaukee Avenue by Russell Lissau
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes Buffalo Grove and Lincolnshire's intention to apply for the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to create a plan for the Milwaukee Avenue corridor.

April 10, 2017
In the race to boost regional economy, not all jobs are created equal by Joseph C. Szabo
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
In this editorial, CMAP executive director Joseph C. Szabo describes the agency's work on inclusive growth and how it will be part of ON TO 2050.

April 8, 2017
Railroads prepare for freight volumes to rise by Claire Bushey
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article describes an increase in freight traffic in the Chicago region. CMAP's Tom Murtha is quoted.

April 7, 2017
Preparing Chicago for the effects of climate change by Jenn White
Published by WBEZ Chicago, "Morning Shift"
This audio segment describes the Alternative Futures public engagement campaign, specifically the Changed Climate future and forum on April 6. CMAP staffer Kristin Ihnchak is interviewed.

April 5, 2017
Environmental activist gets a voice in plan for the future by Kate MacArthur
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the Alternative Futures public engagement campaign, specifically the Changed Climate future and forum on April 6.

March

March 31, 2017
Plenty of good reasons to remain an Illinoisan by John McCarron
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the changing population demographics in the Chicago region.

March 28, 2017
Jim Ton reports that proposed NIRPC merger with Illinois is dead by Kevin Nevers
Published by Chesterton Tribune
This article describes efforts to repeal a U.S. Department of Transportation rule on Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) consolidation.

March 27, 2017
City of Joliet to upgrade plaza, reopen Chicago Street by Carol Ostrow
Published by Will County Gazette
This article describes a plan to open Chicago Street in Joliet to redevelopment with help from a CMAP grant.

March 25, 2017
Wheeling signs new deal for creek maintenance by Journal Online
Published by Journal & Topics Newspapers
This article describes a $29,500 contract approved by the Wheeling village board to continue maintenance and monitoring of the Buffalo Creek Watershed as required under a deal with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and CMAP.

March 23, 2017
Cook County record third-consecutive population decline by Chris Hagan and Hunter Clauss
Published by WBEZ Chicago
This article describes the changing population demographics in the Chicago region. CMAP's Liz Schuh is quoted.

March 23, 2017
Chicagoland leads U.S. in population loss: Census Bureau by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article describes the changing population demographics in the Chicago region. CMAP's Liz Schuh is quoted.

March 17, 2017
3 reasons why running a business in Chicago is unlike running a business anywhere else by Alaina Brandenburger
Published by CBS Chicago
This article describes the business climate in the region, including the area's large manufacturing cluster.  

March 16, 2017
Police department will soon provide real-time crash data to CDOT by John Greenfield
Published by Streetsblog Chicago
This article describes a plan for new crash data collection and analysis, partially funded by CMAP, which will study real-time multimodal crash information.

March 14, 2017
Gentrification along the 606 could be curbed under new law, aldermen say by Mina Bloom
Published by DNA Info Chicago
This article describes a plan from several alderman who are drafting legislation to charge a "deconversion fee" near the 606 trail.

March 13, 2017
For better or for worse, rent in Aurora going up by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes increasing rental prices in Aurora and mentions CMAP's work on housing issues in the region.

March 9, 2017
IDOT to gauge interest in South Suburban Airport by Andrew Steele
Published by Times of Northwest Indiana
This article describes a request for information from the Illinois Department of Transportation for feasibility and demand around a potential South Suburban Airport.

March 8, 2017
City, County agree to open Chicago Street by Gary Mack
Published by Chicago Tribune community contributor
This article describes a plan to open Chicago Street in Joliet to redevelopment with help from a CMAP grant. 

March 7, 2017
Will County's 2040 road plan moves forward by Susan DeMar Lafferty
Published by the Daily Southtown
This article describes Will County's new long range transportation plan, Will Connects 2040, which is nearing approval.

March 6, 2017
Senators hope to overturn transportation rule by Andrew Steele
Published by Times of Northwest Indiana
This article describes legislation that was introduced in Congress last week that would repeal a U.S. Department of Transportation rule on Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).

March 6, 2017
Bills to repeal MPO consolidation rule enter Congress by Mischa Wanek-Libman
Published by RT & S Magazine
This article describes legislation that was introduced in Congress last week that would repeal a U.S. Department of Transportation rule on Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). CMAP's statement on the rule is quoted. 

March 6, 2017
Residents weight in on Fox River Corridor Plan in Lake, McHenry counties at Cary open house by Hannah Prokop
Published by Northwest Herald
This article describes a public meeting held to kick off the Fox River Corridor Plan in the Counties of McHenry and Lake. The project is supported by the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. CMAP's Kate Evasic is quoted.

March 3, 2017
At 34 mph, doors suddenly opened on car of packed Metra train by Robert Herguth
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
This article describes an incident on the BSNF Metra Line. CMAP Executive Director Joe Szabo is quoted.

March 2, 2017
This shows why immigration is so important to the Chicago region by Whet Moser
Published by Chicago Magazine
This article describes CMAP's Demographics Snapshot and its data analysis of population changes in the Chicago region. CMAP's Elizabeth Schuh is quoted in the article.

March 2, 2017
Carpentersville beautifying its Old Town area by Erin Sauder
Published by Elgin Courier-News
This article describes a plan by the village of Carpentersville to beautify its Old Town area, as was described in A Plan for the Old Town Area of Carpentersville, a plan created with help from the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) team and adopted in 2012. 

February

February 27, 2017
Duckworth says she'd work with Trump on a ‘decent' infrastructure plan by Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes at roundtable discussion held at CMAP with Sen. Tammy Duckworth and other transportation agencies in the region.

February 27, 2017
Duckworth: I'll work with Trump on transportation spending plan by Mary Wisniewski
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes at roundtable discussion held at CMAP with Sen. Tammy Duckworth and other transportation agencies in the region.

February 27, 2017
Duckworth, transit chiefs lay out hope for more US help by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article describes at roundtable discussion held at CMAP with Sen. Tammy Duckworth and other transportation agencies in the region.

February 24, 2017
Economic group touts Lake County as leader in non-traditional commuters by Erin Gallagher
Published by Lake County News-Sun
This article describes trends in commuting for Lake County residents, which were highlighted in CMAP's Travel Trends snapshot report.

February 23, 2017
West Siders train for new life by Mengjie Jiang
Published by Medill Reports
This article describes trends in manufacturing jobs in the Chicago region.

February 22, 2017
Chicago DOT announces two upcoming electric vehicle station info sessions by Carol Ostrow
Published by Chicago City Wire
This article describes webinars about the Drive Clean station application process, which is partially funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

February 22, 2017
What will Albany Park look like in 2030? Help plan the community's future by Patty Wetli
Published by DNA Info Chicago
This article previews a public meeting that was held as part of a Local Technical Assistance (LTA) project on Chicago's North River Communities.  

February 22, 2017
Village board decides on larger parking deck as part of Hinsdale Middle School construction by Kimberly Forenek
Published by The Doings Hinsdale
This article describes plans for a nearly 200-spot parking deck to be built in Hinsdale and references the Hinsdale Innovative Parking Management Plan, which was completed by CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program in 2014. 

February 20, 2017
Emanuel boosts O'Hare express train, but future foggy by Mary Wisnieski
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes plans for an express train between O'Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago. It mentions CMAP's capital projects list from GO TO 2040.

February 20, 2017
Weigh in on Fox River Corridor Plan in Lake and McHenry counties at Cary open house by Northwest Herald
Published by Northwest Herald
This article describes a public meeting for the Fox River Corridor Plan in Lake and McHenry counties, which is supported by the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

February 19, 2017
Letters: Rent stabilization protects low-income tenants by Byron Sigcho
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
This letter to the editor describes affordable housing issues in Chicago.

February 18, 2017
Driverless cars could change urban landscape by Blair Kamin
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the future of autonomous vehicles and what it could mean for Chicago. ON TO 2050 and the Smart Mobility Alternative Futures forum are mentioned.

February 17, 2017
Homelessness count breaks record by Luke Hammill
Published by Lake County News-Sun
This article mentioned a public meeting for the Fox River Corridor Plan in Lake and McHenry counties, which is supported by the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

February 16, 2017
Transit hub increases options for commuters by Journal staff
Published by Journal-Topics Newspapers
This article describes recently completed upgrades to the Rosemont CTA transit center on River Road. CMAP is listed as a partner in the project.

February 15, 2017
Trail advocates seek funding to ‘close the gap' by Sandy Kucharski
Published by the Woodstock Independent
This article describes efforts by the McHenry County Conservation Foundation to secure Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement program grant funds to close the gap on a bike and pedestrian trail between Crystal Lake and Woodstock. 

February 15, 2017
Wilmington to acquire land on South Island by Mike Mallory
Published by Joliet Herald-News
This article describes Wilmington's work with Openlands and CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, including A Downtown Plan for Wilmington.

February 13, 2017
What the numbers reveal about suburban commutes by Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes CMAP's recently published Travel Trends snapshot report and interactive graphic on "A Day in the Life of the Regional Transportation System." CMAP staffer Elizabeth Irvin is quoted.

February 10, 2017
Funding comes through for Carpentersville road improvement project by Erin Sauder
Published by Elgin Courier-News
This article describes a $14 million plan to improve Huntley Road/Route 31 in Carpentersville and highlights CMAP projections of traffic in the area.

February 8, 2017
Hinsdale considers how big a parking garage is needed downtown by Kimberly Fornek
Published by The Doings Hinsdale
This article describes plans to build a new parking garage and the Village of Hinsdale Innovative Parking Management Plan completed by CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program in September 2014.

February 6, 2017
Crystal Lake to apply for federal money to rebuild Route 14-Virginia Road intersection by Kevin P. Craver
Published by Northwest Herald
This article describes Crystal Lake's intention to apply for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds for a road project on Route 14

February 1, 2017
Chicago's Regional Housing Initiative is streamlining affordable housing development by Matthew Messner
Published by The Architects Newspaper
This article describes the Regional Housing Initiative, which brings together several housing authorities, including CMAP, and how developers can apply for the program.

January

January 31, 2017
West Dundee senior housing project scaled back by Erin Sauder
Published by Elgin Courier-News
This article describes plans for an affordable senior housing project in West Dundee and references CMAP's Homes for a Changing Region study.

January 27, 2017
Moran: Washington Street businesses try to keep a built-in customer base by Dan Moran
Published by Lake County News-Sun
This article describes economic development in Waukegan following the Waukegan Washington Street Commercial Corridor Plan completed by the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

January 27, 2017
Pedestrian bridge over Fox River in Aurora in spotlight by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes building a pedestrian bridge over the Fox River in Aurora, which may be partially funded by a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant.

January 26, 2017
Lansing resident is new executive director of mayors, managers group by Erin Gallagher
Published by Daily Southtown
This article describes Kristi DeLaurentiis, who recently become executive director of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association.

January 26, 2017
Federal rule would complicate planners' lives by Andrew Steele
Published by the Times of Northwest Indiana.
This article describes a new federal rule that requires a single transportation plan from urban areas. CMAP published a statement about the new rule's possible effects on the transportation planning process in the Chicago region.

January 13, 2017
Aurora mayor candidate Chapa LaVia announces economic plan by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes economic plans for Aurora released by the city's mayoral candidates, which include finalizing and adopting the Downtown Master Plan underway through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

January 11, 2017
Montgomery village president's top 5 goals for 2017 by Kendall County Now
Published by Montgomery Ledger
This article describes Montgomery Village President Matt Brolley's goals for the year, which include implementing the Oswego, Montgomery, and Yorkville Shared Services Study completed through CMAP's LTA program.

January 6, 2017
City's revitalization vision for river network includes restoring Bridgeport's Bubbly Creek by Monica M. Walk
Published by Gazette Chicago
This article describes plans for Chicago's rivers and mentions the Our Great Rivers' coalition, of which CMAP is a member.