Media Coverage Archive 2017

Jan 27, 2016

Media Coverage

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

June

June 29, 2018
Agency wants feedback from Will County residents by John Nudera
Published by the Joliet Herald-News
This article describes the public open houses and comment period for the draft ON TO 2050 plan.

June 28, 2018
La Grange approves final funding for Metra station enhancement project by Hank Beckman
Published by The Doings La Grange
This article describes a project to improve the La Grange Metra station, which will be partially funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.

June 27, 2018
2 cents per mile vehicle miles traveled tax part of CMAP ON TO 2050 Plan by James Wyman
Published by WSPY News
This article describes the public open houses and comment period for the draft ON TO 2050 plan.

June 26, 2018
Wilmington downtown plan open house
Published by Coal City Courant
This article describes the Wilmington Downtown Plan open house, supported by the CMAP LTA program.

June 24, 2018
Planning for self-driving cars (Part 1 and Part 2)
Published by ABC 7 Chicago Eyewitness News
This two-part interview  describes questions and issues about autonomous cars and  new transportation technology. CMAP staffers Elizabeth Irvin and Liz Schuh were featured on this news segment.

June 22, 2018
All eyes on millennial movement by Lee Provost
Published by Daily Journal
This article describes how millennials today prefer walkable communities and not having to rely on cars for transportation. CMAP staffer Jane Grover is quoted.

June 22, 2018
Oswego urging residents to attend region public hearing to push for Metra service
Published by WSPY News
This article describes the public open houses and comment period for the draft ON TO 2050 plan.

June 21, 2018
Launching Summit’s future, tour of boat launch site reels in ideas by Steve Metsch
Published by Suburban Chicago Land
This article describes development in Summit which follows the Summit Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2015. The plan was supported by CMAP’s LTA program.

June 20, 2018
Help bring Metra service to Oswego by Shannon Antinori
Published by Oswego Patch
This article describes the public open houses and comment period for the draft ON TO 2050 plan.

June 14, 2018
June 21 ribbon-cutting to celebrate completion of Winfield Segment of West Branch DuPage river trail by Deb Snow Humiston
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the completion of the 3-mile West Branch DuPage River Trail. This $2.9 million project was partially funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) and the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

June 13, 2018
CMAP hosts second Maine-Northfield draft plan open house Saturday by Tom Robb
Published by Journal & Topics
This article describes an open house held on the Maine-Northfield Unincorporated Area Plan, which was supported by the CMAP LTA program.

June 12, 2018
CREATE 75th Street: $132 million from USDOT by William C. Vantuono
Published by Railway Age
This article describes the $132 million in federal funding awarded for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP).

June 10, 2018
CMAP seeking public comment on its ON TO 2050 regional development plan
Published by Northwest Herald
This article describes the public open houses and comment period for the draft ON TO 2050 plan.

June 8, 2018
Public/private partnership commended for 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project
Published by Positively Naperville
This article describes the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project and its work to connect private and public sector partners. CMAP Executive Director Joseph C. Szabo is quoted.

June 7, 2018
CAGTC members awarded 22 percent of INFRA funding for nationally significant freight projects
Published by AJOT (American Journal of Transportation)
This article describes the $132 million in federal funding awarded for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP). CMAP Executive Director Joseph C. Szabo is quoted.

June 6, 2018
3 Buildings done, 10 underway at 260-unit apartment complex in West Dundee by Erin Sauder
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes West Dundee’s Route 31 corridor, which was studied as part of the Fox Valley Homes for  Changing Region study conducted by CMAP.

June 3, 2018
Facet-check: No, Chicagoland isn’t the only metro area losing residents by Kiannah Sepeda-Miller
Published by Chicago Sun Times and Politifact Illinois
This article demographics data released by the U.S. census that shows changing population trends in the Chicago region. CMAP staffer Aseal TIneh is quoted.

May

May 29, 2018
Kane County will host CMAP ‘ON TO 2050’ open house June 27
Published by Kane County Connects
This article describes the public open houses and comment period for the draft ON TO 2050 plan.

May 24, 2018
Chicago’s population down a third year in a row, but we’re still ahead of Houston by Elvia Malagon
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes demographics that show changing population trends in the Chicago region. CMAPs staffer Aseal Tineh is quoted.

May 24, 2018
Census: Chicago’s population drops third year in a row
By Associated Press
This article describes demographics that show changing population trends in the Chicago region. CMAPs staffer Aseal Tineh is quoted.

May 23, 2018
Committee recommends council approval of Purple Line modernization by Samantha Handler
Published by The Daily Northwestern
This article describes the project to modernize the Purple Line in Evanston, a project which is partially funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program

May 16, 2018
Aurora officials say new bridge to be built over Fox River a ‘game changer’ by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes a pedestrian bridge to be built over the Fox River in Aurora. The project is partially funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

May 15, 2018
Southland mayors sound off about money woes squeezing small towns by Ted Slowik
Published by Daily Southtown
This article describes a public meeting in East Hazel Crest about the future of the region’s municipalities in the face of constrained resources. CMAP staffer Elizabeth Schuh is quoted.

May 9, 2018
Launch dates for pulse bus service in Niles delayed by Grace Tucker
Published by The Budgle Newspapers
This article describes Pace’s new rapid transit bus system, Pulse. The project was partially funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

May 9, 2018
In unincorporated areas, flood control remains top concern by Tom Robb
Published by Journal and Topics Newspapers
This article describes a public open house held on the Maine Northfield Unincorporated Area Plan, which is supported by the CMAP LTA program.

May 5, 2018
Illinois’ dilemma: Billions in capital needs, but prospects dim for funding plan by Doug Finke
Published by The State Journal-Register
This article describes how much Illinois needs to spend a year to repair state roads and public buildings. CMAP Executive Director Joseph C. Szabo is quoted.

May 4, 2018
Aldermen examine state of their wards, future plans by Madeline Makoul
Published by Gazette Chicago
This articles describes the Bridgeport and Canaryville Planning Priorities report, which is supported by CMAP’s LTA program.

May 4, 2018
Federal grants help Round Lake fire officials funnel truck exhaust out of stations by Frank Abderholden
Published by Lake Country News-Sun
This articles describes a panel on grants available to local governments where CMAP was a participant.

May 1, 2018
Slowik: Schools win more funding, but state budget makes losers of municipalities by Ted Slowik
Published by Daily Southtown
This article describes funding changes in the Chicago region. A CMAP Policy Update on the FY18 budget is quoted.

April

April 30, 2018
Residents hear plans on North River Communities by Kevin Gross
Published by Nadig Newspapers
This article describes a public meeting about the North River Communities Neighborhood Plan, which is supported by the CMAP LTA program.

April 27, 2018
City considering sales tax rebate to lure lumberyard to Springfield by Crystal Thomas
Published by State Journal-Register
This article describes tax incentives being considered by the city of Springfield. A CMAP Policy Update on rebate agreements is quoted.

April 26, 2018
New map makes it easier for bicyclists to get around Wheeling by Lauren Barry
Published by Journal & Topics Newspapers
This article describes a trailways map created for the village of Wheeling with support from the CMAP LTA program.

April 25, 2018
North Lawndale residents weigh in on plan to enrich neighborhood by Christlan Belanger
Published by Curbed Chicago
This article describes a public meeting and planning process to create A Neighborhood Plan for North Lawndale, which is supported by the CMAP LTA program.

April 25, 2018
The shape of water by Ted C. Fishman
Published by Chicago Magazine
This article describes the possible future of water resources in the Chicago region in the face of a changing climate. CMAP staffer Nora Beck is quoted.

April 23, 2018
Evanston Aldermen vote to keep the Dodge Ave. protected lanes by John Greenfield
Published by Streetsblog Chicago
This article describes a bike lane project in Evanston that was partially funded by CMAP’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 23, 2018
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to study Algonquin, Cary quarry areas by Megan Jones
Published by the Northwest Herald
This article describes the Algonquin and Cary Subarea Plan, which is supported by the CMAP LTA program.

April 22, 2018
Aldermen to reconsider Dodge Avenue bike lanes at City Council by Syd Stone
Published by the Daily Northwestern
This article describes a bike lane project in Evanston that was partially funded by CMAP’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 20, 2018
CMAP program teaches urban planning to high schoolers by Madhu Krishnamurthy
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes the CMAP Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) summer program.

April 20, 2018
Editorial: Changing how we get around metro Chicago – and how we pay for it
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the draft regionally significant projects proposal that will be part of the ON TO 2050 regional plan.

April 20, 2018
Channahon officials seek input on proposal by Jeanne Millsap
Published by Joliet-Herald News
This article describes the Channahon Comprehensive Plan process, which is supported by the CMAP LTA program.

April 17, 2018
McHenry County Board to vote on engineering contract for Randall Road corridor by Ed Komenda
Published by the Northwest Herald
This article describes a construction project in McHenry County that was partially funded by CMAP’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 17, 2018
Why CMAP was wise to keep the O’Hare Express off its priority projects list by John Greenfield
Published by Streestblog Chicago
This article describes the draft regionally significant projects proposal that will be part of the ON TO 2050 regional plan.

April 16, 2018
More toll lanes could be coming to Chicago area has highway funds lag by Mary Wisniewski
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the draft regionally significant projects proposal that will be part of the ON TO 2050 regional plan.

April 13, 2018
Why Chicago’s master planners should get behind O’Hare Express service by Joe Cahill
Published by Crain’s Chicago Business
This article describes the draft regionally significant projects proposal that will be part of the ON TO 2050 regional plan.

April 11, 2018
Longtime Aurora planning headed to regional planning agency by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes new Deputy Executive Director Stephane Phifer’s move to CMAP.

April 10, 2018
More tolls, fees in suburban drivers’ future? By Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes the draft regionally significant projects proposal that will be part of the ON TO 2050 regional plan.

April 9, 2018
Illinois planning agency updates transportation plan and Illiana Expressway is not on the list
Published by Northwest Indiana Gazette
This article describes the draft regionally significant projects proposal that will be part of the ON TO 2050 regional plan.

April 9, 2018
A key transportation priority list just got drafted – and O’Hare express isn’t on it by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain’s Chicago Business
This article describes the draft regionally significant projects proposal that will be part of the ON TO 2050 regional plan.

April 7, 2018
‘Our taxes are too high’: Southland leaders give Cook County reps an earful about taxes, incentives by Ted Slowik
Published by the Daily Southtown
This article describes a public meeting held for Cook County’s strategic planning process.

April 6, 2018
Chicago group warns population losses may be hurting suburban economy by Cole Lauterbach
Published by Illinois News Network
The article describes changing population trends in the Chicago region and cites CMAP’s policy update on the latest U.S Census data. CMAPs staffer Elizabeth Schuh is quoted.

April 3, 2018
Elmhurst awarded $2.4 million grant for Metra station rebuild by Katlyn Smith
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes upcoming train station reconstruction in Elmhurst, a project that will be partially funded through the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 2, 2018
Rage, riots, ruin by Tony Briscoe and Ese Olumhense
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes riots on Chicago’s west side that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and disinvestment in those communities in the decades that followed. CMAP data is cited.
 

 

 

March

March 28, 2018
Two graphs show why the Chicago area is losing population by Whet Moser
Published by Chicago Magazine
The article describes changing population trends in the Chicago region and cites CMAP’s policy update on the latest U.S Census data.

March 28, 2018
Downtown gaining residents, while people are leaving the south side, south suburbs in droves by Chuck Sudow
Published by Bisnow
The article describes changing population trends in the Chicago region and cites CMAP’s policy update on the latest U.S Census data.

March 22, 2018
Metro Chicago shrinks again by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
The article describes changing population trends in the Chicago region and cites CMAP’s policy update on the latest U.S Census data. CMAPs staffer Elizabeth Schuh is quoted.

March 20, 2018
Idea from Shared Use Mobility Conference: Charge for access to the curb by Steven Vance
Published by Streetsblog Chicago
This article describes a panel at the Shared Use Mobility Summit where CMAP staffer Lindsay Bayley was a member.

March 20, 2018
Shorewood does not support IDOT/Joliet plans for Mound Road by Megann Horstead
Published by the Shorewood Sentinel
The article uses CMAP data on the projected number of vehicles on an I-55 overpass to demonstrate why the Shorewood Village Board of Trustees voted against supporting the overpass.

March 16, 2018
What's making traffic worse in Chicago? Signs point to Uber, Lyft by Mark Guarino
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article describes traffic and congestion patterns in the Chicago region. CMAP staffer Tom Murtha is quoted.

March 14, 2018
Shorewood trustees vote to oppose overpass on I-55 by Allison Selk
Published by the Joliet Herald-News
The article uses CMAP data on the projected number of vehicles on an I-55 overpass to demonstrate why the Shorewood Village Board of Trustees voted against supporting the overpass.

March 12, 2018
Chicago greenprint update maps fate of natural resources by Kate Habrel
Published by the Great Lakes Echo
The article quotes CMAP staffer Brian Daly describing Green Infrastructure Vision and the environmental aspects of ON TO 2050.

February

February 28, 2018
Oswego considering Lake Michigan as possible water source by Linda Girardi
Published by Aurora Beacon News
The article describes a shared services plan developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program with Oswego, Yorkville, and Montgomery.

February 22, 2018
Channahon Village Board holds public hearing on annexation for proposed industrial building by Jeanne Millsap
Published by the Joliet Herald-News
The article describes a recent board meeting in which trustees approved an agreement between CMAP and Channahon for a new Channahon Comprehensive Plan, which will be supported by the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

February 7, 2018
Des Plaines prepares to fill sidewalk gap by Lauren Barry
Published by Journal & Topics
The article cites a decision by the Des Plaines City Council to approve Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program funding for a sidewalk expansion program.

February 5, 2018
Berwyn, CMAP to gather public feedback for stormwater management plan by Aimee Barrows
Published by My Suburban Life
The article focuses on the engagement strategy for Berwyn’s stormwater management plan, which is being supported by CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

February 2, 2018
Metro Detroit still struggling to agree on regional transit plan by Matthew Messner
Published by The Architect’s Newspaper
The article mentions CMAP’s ON TO 2050 comprehensive plan and its transit recommendations in regards to Detroit’s transit situation and the Amazon HQ2 project.

February 2, 2018
Ride-sharing surges in Chicago, raising congestion worries by Mary Wisniewski
Published by the Chicago Tribune
The article used CMAP data on expressway and tollway congestion to examine what impact ride-sharing services like Lyft or Uber may have on the region’s traffic congestion.

February 2, 2018
How housing could help Chicago bag Amazon’s HQ2 by Dennis Rodkin
Published by Crain’s Chicago Business
The article quotes CMAP staffer Jonathan Burch about the Chicago region's strengths in the competition to land Amazon’s HQ2.

January

January 31, 2018
Deconstructing President Trump’s Infrastructure Plan by Alexandra Silets
Published by WTTW Chicago Tonight
This television segment includes experts discussing a possible federal infrastructure plan. CMAP data is referenced.

 

January 30, 2018
A look into Chicago’s electric vehicle future by Katie Pyzyk
Published by Smart Cities Dive
The article quotes CMAP staffers Elizabeth Irvin and Doug Gerguson on the future of electric vehicles in Chicago and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program's partial funding of projects in this arena.

 

January 26, 2018
As official plan Red Line extension, there’s still no green to fund it by Mary Wisniewski and William Lee
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the Red Line Extension project, which was a recommended project from GO TO 2040. CMAP Executive Director Joe Szabo is quoted.

 

January 25, 2018
Milwaukee Avenue rapid-transit bus service to begin by year’s end by Alex Nitkim
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
This article describes the Pace PULSE service planned to run between Jefferson Park and Niles, a project which is being partially funded through the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

 

January 25, 2018
What’s New in Civic Tech: Bloomberg’s What Works Cities Honors Best at Using Data to Improve Residents’ Lives by Zack Quaintance
Published by Government Technology
The article discusses the Regional Housing Solutions tool and its history.

 

January 24, 2018
Who has the worst commute? By Greg Hinz
Published by Crain’s Chicago Business
This article describes a three-part policy update series on Economically Disconnected Areas and their commute challenges in the Chicago region. CMAP staffer Elizabeth Schuh is quoted.

 

January 23, 2018
Village receives input for Homer at forum by F. Amanda Tugade
Published by the Homer Horizon
This article describes a public outreach forum held by CMAP outreach staff in Homer Glen. CMAP staffer Jane Grover is quoted.

 

January 22, 2018

Lincolnwood pushes forward $2.5 million plan to overhaul ‘problematic’ intersection near Edens ramp by Alex Nitkin
Published by Lincolnwood Review
This article describes an infrastructure project in Lincolnwood and the village’s desire to apply for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) grants to partially fund it.

 

January 24, 2018
Alderman blames state for increase in Aurora tax levy by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon News
The article describes the political atmosphere in Aurora surrounding the Aurora Transportation Center project, which is being funded mostly by federal funds coming through CMAP’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

 

January 16, 2018
Romeoville Metra station to open Feb. 5 by Alex Ortiz
Published by the Joliet Herald-News
This article describes the opening of Romeoville’s new Metra station, a project that was partially funded through the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

 

January 12, 2018

Aurora ready for bids for Transportation Center project by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon News
The article describes the bidding process for an Aurora project funded through CMAP’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

 

January 9, 2018
Mayor: Elmhurst benefiting from development by Robert Sanchez
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes recent development in Elmhurst, including the upcoming train station construction, a project that will be partially funded through the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

 

January 4, 2018
CMAP considers Bridgeport and Canaryville planning by Rick Romano
Published by Gazette Chicago
The article describes the opening stages of CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) to the Bridgeport and Canaryville planning priorities report. It quotes CMAP staffers Noah Boggess and Stephen Ostrander.

 

January 3, 2018
The limited thinking behind the O’Hare-Loop high-speed rail idea by F.K. Plous
Published by Chicago Tribune
The op-ed mentions CMAP’s data collection practices in the context of the O’Hare-Loop high speed rail project.

 

January 3, 2018
Concerns raised about Aurora’s plan for new bridge over Fox River by Steve Lord
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
The article describes the political context of Aurora’s bidding process for the Transportation Center, partially funded by CMAP’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

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