Media Coverage Archive 2015

Feb 24, 2015

Media Coverage Archive 2015

Below are CMAP-related news stories from 2015. Browse our CMAP Media Archive for links to CMAP-related news stories from 2007.

December

December 23, 2015
Published by Crain's Chicago
This article uses a CMAP Policy Update to look at how median household income varies by township in metropolitan Chicago.  
 
December 21, 2015
Published by WGN
This article describes the groundbreaking of an expansion of the North Branch Trail extension, a project of the Forest Preserves of Cook County.  The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

 

December 21, 2015
Published by Wisconsin State Farmer
This article describes a CMAP and University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems workshop on business innovations in regional food freight systems. 
 
December 21, 2015
Published by Crain's Chicago
This article describes the permanent changes to mass transit tax benefits as part of the recent Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015.
 
December 12, 2015
Published by Crain's Chicago
This article describes the need for private railroads to contribute substantially to critical CREATE investments like the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project. CMAP executive director Joe Szabo is quoted.
 
December 9, 2015
Published by Chicagoist
This article describes a CMAP Policy Update on trends of a diversifying regional population found in the 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-year estimates.
 
December 4, 2015
Published by Crain's Chicago
This article explores the implications of a Policy Update on the trend of a diversifying regional population found in the 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-year estimates.
 
December 2, 2015
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article reports on the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST), a five-year surface transportation bill and the bill's impacts on the region.  CMAP executive director Joe Szabo is quoted.
 
December 2, 2015
Published by Crain's Chicago
This article reports on the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST), a five-year surface transportation bill and the bill's impacts on the region.  CMAP executive director Joe Szabo is quoted.
 
December 1, 2015
Published by the Daily Herald
This article reports on the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST), a five-year surface transportation bill and the bill's impacts on the region, including provisions for Amtrak to access federal loans for capital improvements at Union Station.  CMAP executive director Joe Szabo is quoted.

November

November 28, 2015
Published by Crain's Chicago 
This article reports on the manufacturing sector's impact on state-wide employment growth and mentions CMAP data. 
 

November 23, 2015
Chicago, you've got a lot at stake in this legislation
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
In this op-ed, CMAP executive director Joe Szabo describes the high stakes for our region as Congress negotiates terms of a possible six-year surface transportation bill. 

November 16, 2015
Published by the Northwest herald
This article describes a public open house for the draft of the Fox River Corridor Plan and CMAP's Brian Daly was quoted. The project is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
November 15, 2015
Published by the Daily Herald
This article previews a public workshop in West Chicago for the Homes for a Changing Region study for the northwest DuPage County communities of Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, and West Chicago.  CMAP is developing the study in partnership with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and the Metropolitan Planning Council through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
November 12, 2015
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article describes a report on job growth in the metropolitan and mentions CMAP regional economic workforce indicators.
 
November 11, 2015
Published by the DuPage Policy Journal
This article previews a public workshop in West Chicago for the Homes for a Changing Region study for the Northwest DuPage County communities of Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, and West Chicago.  CMAP is developing the study in partnership with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and the Metropolitan Planning Council through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
November 10, 2015
Published by the Northwest Herald
This article previews a public open house for the draft Fox River Corridor Plan.  The project is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
November 6, 2015
Published by the Daily Herald
This article previews a public open house for the draft Fox River Corridor Plan.  The project is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

October

October 28, 2015
Published by DNAinfo Chicago
This article reports on how the transportation access plan for the Pullman National Historic Monument will build on a vision document for the area.  The project is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
October 25, 2015
Published by the Northwest Herald
This article previews a public workshop in Huntley to discuss new zoning regulations for the village's downtown and Route 47 corridor.  The project is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
October 25, 2015
Published by the Northwest Herald
This article previews a public workshop in Harvard to comment on a draft of the City's new comprehensive plan.  The project is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
October 24, 2015
Published by NWi Times
This article describes the Summit on Regional Competitiveness for leaders from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.  CMAP executive director Joe Szabo was a panelist for a discussion on interregional collaboration.
 
October 23, 2015
Published by Romeoville Patch
This article reports on Romeoville receiving technical assistance  from the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to develop a new comprehensive land use plan.
 
October 23, 2015
Published by Streetsblog Chicago
This article describes Chicago Department of Transportation receiving technical assistance for a multi-modal transportation plan for Chicago's Riverdale community area.  The project was selected in the fifth round of CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
October 23, 2015
Published by the BizTimes
This article describes the Summit on Regional Competitiveness for leaders from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.  CMAP executive director Joe Szabo was a panelist for a discussion on interregional collaboration.
 
October 22, 2015
Published by the Journal Online
This article reports on the announcement of the latest round of CMAPCongestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) programing grants to projects in Chicago's northwest suburbs.
 
October 20, 2015
Published by the Streetsblog Chicago
This article reports on the announcement of the latest round of CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) programing grants and tracks the program's pattern of allocating funds.
 
October 19, 2015
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article reports on the Illinois International Port District's continued search for a private operator. The article mentions a recent CMAP Policy Update that looked at water freight activity in the region.
 
October 19, 2015
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article reports on comments received at a public open house for the draft strategy for local land use decisions in the IL 53/120 corridor.  CMAP, the Tollway, and Lake County are working with affected communities to develop a corridor land use plan for the project, which is a high priority in GO TO 2040.
 
October 14, 2015
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article reports on the City of Aurora receiving funds to upgrade its Transportation Center and build a new walkway across Fox River.  The City received partial funding through the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.
 
October 12, 2015
Published by the Daily Herald
This article previews an upcoming open house for the public to comment on a draft strategy for the proposed IL 53/120 extension.  CMAP, the Tollway, and Lake County are working with affected communities to develop a corridor land use plan for the project, which is a high priority in GO TO 2040.
 
October 9, 2015
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article reports on the update to the City of Aurora's downtown master plan.  The project is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

September

September 28, 2015
Published by Progress Illinois
The article describes shared services efforts in Illinois. CMAP recently completed the Lower Fox River Shared Services Study with the Village of Montgomery, Village of Oswego, and the United City of Yorkville through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
September 25, 2015
Published by the Daily Herald
This article describes a meeting of the IL 53/120 land use committee, which is releasing its draft strategy for public comment. CMAP, the Illinois Tollway, and Lake County are working with affected communities to develop a corridor land use plan for the project, which is a high priority in GO TO 2040.
 
September 25, 2015
Published by the Daily Herald
This article describes a discussion by IDOT and the Tollway regarding implementation of express toll lanes to manage traffic and give people options for avoiding congestion. Congestion pricing is a high priority in GO TO 2040.
 
September 18, 2015
Published by the Daily Herald
This article previews an open house in Pingree Grove to discuss the village's comprehensive plan. The project is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
September 15, 2015
Published by the Herald-News
This article describes the Will County Center for Economic Development's ninth annual Global Summit and CMAP executive director Joe Szabo is quoted.
 
September 14, 2015
Published by the Daily Herald
This article describes the efforts by Lake County to urge the Illinois Tollway to support an environmental impact study of the proposed IL 53/120 extension.  CMAP, the Illinois Tollway, and Lake County are working with affected communities to develop a corridor land use plan for the project, which is a high priority in GO TO 2040.
 
September 13, 2015
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes possible service interruptions when railroads do not meet the December 31, 2015, federal deadline for implementing the Positive Train Control (PTC) high-tech safety system. CMAP executive director Joe Szabo is quoted. 
 
September 11, 2015
Published by WGN
This article describes possible service interruptions when railroads do not meet the December 31, 2015, federal deadline for implementing the Positive Train Control (PTC) high-tech safety system. CMAP executive director Joe Szabo is quoted. 
 
September 11, 2015
Published by Kendall County NOW
This article describes Yorkville City Council's approval of developing a framework to save money and optimize service delivery to their residents with the Villages of Oswego and Montgomery. The project is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
September 4, 2015 
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes Oswego trustees approval of developing a framework to save money and optimize service delivery to their residents with the Village of Montgomery and United City of Yorkville. The project is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
September 4, 2015 
Published by Kendall County NOW
This article describes Montgomery Village Board's approval of developing a framework to save money and optimize service delivery to their residents with the Village of Oswego and United City of Yorkville. The project is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
September 2, 2015
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article reported on indications that express toll lanes on IDOT expressways may be getting closer to reality. CMAP has long advocated to implement congestion pricing with express toll lanes to help manage traffic and give people better options for reaching their destinations on time.
 
September 1, 2015 
Published by the Daily Herald
This article describes South Elgin's efforts to unify its subdivision and zoning ordinances into one document to better serve developers and residents. The project is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

August

August 28, 2015 
Published by Elgin Courier-News
This article describes South Elgin's efforts to unify its subdivision and zoning ordinances into one document to better serve developers and residents. The project is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 

August 25, 2015
Most congested roads in U.S.? You're probably on one by Jon Hilkevitch
Published by the Chicago Tribune
This cover story describes a study claiming that 5 of the country's 20 most congested roads are in the Chicago area and CMAP executive director Joe Szabo is quoted. 

August 24, 2015
Can new braking system stop train disaster in suburbs? by Marni Pyke
Published by the Daily Herald
This article describes a new federal rule that would require freight rail companies to install electronically controlled pneumatic brakes on trains carrying crude oil and ethanol. CMAP Executive Director Joe Szabo is quoted.

August 23, 2015
Published by the Chicago Sun-Times
This editorial has suggestions for how to fill gaps in Chicago's transit network and bolster economic development. It mentions CMAP's population projections.
 
August 15, 2015
Published by Crain's Chicago
The article examines intermodal freight in the Chicago region and its impact on local businesses, using research from a CMAP Policy Update
 
August 14, 2015
Published by the Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes the shared services study for Oswego, Yorkville, and Montgomery. The project is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
August 11, 2015
Published by the Franklin Park Herald-Journal
This article describes the August 4, 2015, public kickoff meeting for the development of a comprehensive plan for Franklin Park.  The project is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
August 5, 2015
Published by the Skokie Review
This article describes Skokie's new 1.7 mile bike trail and the village's other recent bike infrastructure improvement such as bike lanes along Main Street. Both the trail and bike lanes were partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

July

July 31, 2015
Published by MuniNet Guide
This article highlights new ideas in urban planning and cites CMAP research on the value of infill projects through higher values and tax revenues.
 
July 30, 2015
Published by Reboot Illinois
The Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University policy profile describes changes in the Illinois farming landscape and their impact on the economy and food production. It cites CMAP research about how local governments can support a local food system.   
 
July 29, 2015
Published by Crain's Chicago
This opinion piece describes how Chicago can benefit from using transit-oriented development and zoning incentives can encourage population growth across Chicago. It cites CMAP research that encourages including TOD in transportation planning.
 
July 27, 2015
Published by Franklin Park Herald-Journal
This article describes the goals of the new comprehensive plan that the village is developing through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
July 24, 2015
Published by the Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes Kendall County officials' efforts to extend Metra service to the Village of Oswego and cites CMAP population projections.
 
July 24, 2015
Published by the Lake County News-Sun
This article describes the response to a letter in support of extending Illinois Route 53 north to Illinois Route 120 that 40 mayors submitted to the new Illinois Tollway board chairman and board members. CMAP, the Tollway, and Lake County are working with affected communities to develop a corridor land use plan for the project, which is a high priority in GO TO 2040.
 
July 23, 2015
Published by the Daily Herald
This article describes a letter in support of extending Illinois Route 53 north to Illinois Route 120 that 40 mayors submitted to the new Illinois Tollway board chairman and board members. CMAP, the Tollway, and Lake County are working with affected communities to develop a corridor land use plan for the project, which is a high priority in GO TO 2040.
 
July 20, 2015
Published by the Huffington Post
This article describes the efforts of the Regional Housing Initiative. CMAP is collaborating with BRicK Partners, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), the Illinois Housing Development Authority, and nine other housing authorities in the region to encourage a diverse housing supply in areas of opportunity and to facilitate a dialog between affordable housing developers and local governments. 
 
July 17, 2015
Published by The Atlantic
This article describes the efforts of the Regional Housing Initiative. CMAP is collaborating with BRicK Partners, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), the Illinois Housing Development Authority, and nine other housing authorities in the region to encourage a diverse housing supply in areas of opportunity and to facilitate a dialog between affordable housing developers and local governments. 
 
July 13, 2015
Published by the Lake Zurich Courier
This article describes the survey the village sent its residents with questions that will help plan and prioritize what matters to residents, including  whether the Village should switch from groundwater to using Lake Michigan water.  CMAP's Water 2050: Northeastern Illinois Regional Water Supply/Demand Plan highlighted the increasing pressures on groundwater resources and recommended water conservation and demand management to ensure an ongoing adequate water supply. 
 

July 10, 2015
Kendall County approves economic development initiatives by Steve Lord
Published by the Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes the Kendall County Board's approval of resolution and memorandum of understanding for a countywide industrial market analysis that will be developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

July 8, 2015
Taking the First Big Step Toward Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing by Deron Lovaas
Published by Natural Resources Defense Council
This article describes the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's recent amendment to the 1968 Fair Housing Act. It cites CMAP Fair Housing and Equity Assessment for metropolitan Chicago.

July 8, 2015
Obama administration to unveil major new rules targeting segregation across U.S. by Emily Badger
Published by Washington Post
This article describes the Obama administration's plans to amend the 1968 Fair Housing Act and make data available that will help communities assess their housing patterns and set goals to reduce segregation. CMAP's Bob Dean was quoted.

July 8, 2015
Hot on the trail: Chicago to expand Northwest Side cycling, walking path on river by Leonor Vivanco
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes plans to build a pedestrian bridge under Addison Street and multiuse path to connect users to existing trails. The project is partially funded through the CMAP Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

July 7, 2015
Village Board will fund grant work after state pulls the plug by Chuck Fieldman
Published by ClarendonHills
This article describes Clarendon Hills' plans to finance an engineering plan for its Metra station by applying to the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

July 6, 2015
Chicago's Chinatown Plans for Successful Future by Anna Clark
Published by Next City
This article describes the recently approved Chinatown Community Vision Plan. The plan is the first for the Chicago neighborhood and was developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

July 2, 2015
SmartRail Speaks: Joseph C. Szabo, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) by Robert Lane
Published by Smart Rail World
SmartRail World interviewed CMAP executive director Joe Szabo in advance of the group's October conference in Charlotte, NC, where he will be a keynote speaker.

July 1, 2015
Park Forest lands national certification for sustainable leadership, becomes 2nd in Illinois to receive honor by Jason Miller
Published by Daily Southtown
This article describes Park Forest's recent 3-STAR Community sustainability rating, only the second Illinois community to receive a STAR certification. In 2012 the Village developed a sustainability plan through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

June

June 30, 2015
The rails to trails legacy
Published by City Lab
This interactive article describes the history of the rails-to-trails movement, including the recently opened 606 trail, which was partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

June 29, 2015
Planning agency to give Fox River Corridor Plan update during Green Drinks meeting by Allison Goodrich
Published by Northwest Herald
This article previews a Green Drinks McHenry County meeting to discuss the Fox River Corridor Plan. The project is developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

June 28, 2015
Lake County touts time, gas savings for drivers by Mick Zawislak
Published by the Daily Herald
This article describes the results of a 17-month study on coordinated traffic signals. The traffic signals were partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

June 25, 2015
Published by Aurora Beacon-News
This article describes the Village of Oswego's renewed push to extend Metra commuter rail service to the Village. The article mentions CMAP population projections.
 
June 25, 2015
Published by the Daily Herald
This article describes the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works release of a six-year transportation reauthorization bill and the bill's freight provisions. CMAP Executive Director Joe Szabo was quoted.
 
June 25, 2015
Published by Curbed Chicago
This article describes the progress of the development of a land use plan for Pilsen and Little Village. The plan is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. 
 
June 23, 2015
Published by DNAinfo Chicago
This article previews a community workshop  for the development of a land use plan for Pilsen and Little Village. The plan is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. 
 
June 23, 2015
Published by DNAinfo Chicago
This article previews a community workshop for the development of a land use plan for Pilsen and Little Village. The plan is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. 
 
June 22, 2015
Published by Northwest Herald
This article describes the status of a transportation master plan for the City of Crystal Lake. The plan is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. 
 
June 21, 2015
Richards grad takes world view of helping by Cheryl Dangel Bartolini
Published by Daily Southtown
This article describes a CMAP Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) alumnus' impetus for starting a charity to aid kids in war-torn regions.  
 
June 16, 2015
Published by The Beacon-News
This article describes the City of Aurora's efforts to renovate the Aurora Transportation Center and build a pedestrian bridge across the Fox River. The City has applied for funding from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.
 
June 17, 2015
Published by Voice of America
This article describes U.S. Census population estimates and what the recent population changes for Chicago indicate. CMAP's Elizabeth Schuh was interviewed.
 
June 12, 2015
This article describes the CMAP Board's unanimous selection of Joseph C. Szabo as the next executive director of CMAP.
 
June 11, 2015
Published by Progressive Railroading
This article describes the CMAP Board's unanimous selection of Joseph C. Szabo as the next executive director of CMAP.
 
June 11, 2015
Szabo takes the throttle at CMAP by William C. Vantuono
Published by Railway Age
This article describes the CMAP Board's unanimous selection of Joseph C. Szabo as the next executive director of CMAP.
 
June 10, 2015
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the CMAP Board's unanimous selection of Joseph C. Szabo as the next executive director of CMAP.
 
June 10, 2015
Published by Daily Herald
This article describes the CMAP Board's unanimous selection of Joseph C. Szabo as the next executive director of CMAP.
 
June 10, 2015
Published by Informed Infrastructure
This article describes the CMAP Board's unanimous selection of Joseph C. Szabo as the next executive director of CMAP.
 
June 9, 2015
Published by Crain's Chicago
This article describes the letter that Mayor Bennett, the region's county board chairs, and Chicago Department of Transportation commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld wrote to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works emphasizing their strongly unified position that a new federal transportation reauthorization must include a U.S. freight vision with policies and investments to support this key economic driver in our nation and region.
 
June 8, 2015
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the City of Berwyn's Central Berwyn Historic Bungalow District consideration by the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council. Creation of the district was recommended by the Berwyn Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2012. 
 
June 8, 2015
Published by Curbed Chicago
This article describes the opening weekend of The 606 trail. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program
 
June 7, 2015
Published by Daily Southtown
This article describes the opening of The 606 trail. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program
 
June 6, 2015
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the role that Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail had in the development of The 606 trail and its future. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program
 
June 6, 2015
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes parkgoers' reaction to the 606 trail on its opening day, and the work remaining to complete the trail system. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.   
 
June 6, 2015
Published by DNAinfo Chicago
This article describes the opening of The 606. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.   
 

June 5, 2015

Published by the New York Times
This article describes The 606 trail opening. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.   
 
June 5, 2015
Published by FOX32 News
This article describes the planned festivities and anticipation of The 606 opening. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program
 
June 4, 2015
Published by Regional News
This article describes the opening of the Cal-Sag Trail. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program
 
June 3, 2015
Published by CBS Chicago
This article describes the opening of the Cal-Sag Trail. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program
 
June 2, 2015
Published by DNAinfo Chicago
This article describes the opening weekend of The 606 trail. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program
 
June 2, 2015
Published by Streetsblog Chicago
This article describes the construction of The 606 trail. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program
 
June 2, 2015
Pubished by CBS Chicago
This article explores the history of The 606 trail. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program
 
June 2, 2015
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
This article describes the development of The 606 trail. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program
 
June 1, 2015
In the Loop: Illinois infrastructure concerns by Barbara Pinto and Chris Bury
Aired on WYCC PBS Chicago 
This public television segment described the state of the region's road, transit, and freight infrastructure and what's needed to keep the region's transportation moving. CMAP Executive Director Joseph C. Szabo was one of the interviewees. 

June 1, 2015
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the anticipated opening of the Bloomingdale Trail aka The 606.  The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.   
 
June 1, 2015
Published by Chicago Parent Magazine
The article describes the planned neighborhood benefits of the Bloomingdale Trail aka The 606. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program

May

May 28, 2015
Published by WBEZ 91.5
The article describes the newly approved Chinatown Community Vision Plan. The comprehensive plan is the first for the Chicago neighborhood and was developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. 
 
May 28, 2015
Published by Portland Tribune
The CMAP letter highlights the need for rail investments in a new federal transportation bill.
 
May 26, 2015
Green Infrastructure Vision by Benjamin Van Loon
Published by Curbed Chicago
This article describes the new Green Infrastructure Vision study estimating how it contributes to our regional economy. The study was developed in partnership with Chicago Wilderness and The Conservation Fund.
 
May 22, 2015
Published by Streetsblog Chicago
This article describes the expansion of Divvy in the City of Chicago. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.     
 
May 22, 2015
Published by Chicago Tribune
This article describes the anticipated opening of the Bloomingdale Trail aka The 606.  The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.   
 
May 21, 2015
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
This article describes the events in anticipation of the opening of the Bloomingdale Trail aka The 606.  The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program
 

May 19, 2015
The paved-over, unofficial history of the 606 trail  by Mitch Dudek
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
The article describes the history of the Bloomingdale Trail aka The 606. The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

May 21, 2015
Chicago's population grew by just 82 people from 2013 to 2014 by Tanveer Ali
Published by DNAinfo
The article describes the City of Chicago's population growth between 2013 and 2014, citing data from the U.S. Census Bureau.  A CMAP Policy Update examines recent annual population estimates and describes what these trends mean for the Chicago metropolitan region.

May 21, 2015
Immigrants bypassing Chicago area by Greg Hinz
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
The article describes the decline in the number of immigrants moving to the Chicago metropolitan area. A CMAP Policy Update examines recent annual population estimates and describes what these trends mean for the region.

May 21, 2015
Chicago's population grew last year – by 82 by Jim Bochnowski
Published by Chicagoist
The article describes Chicago's population growth between 2013 and 2014, which lagged behind peer cities. A CMAP Policy Update examines recent annual population estimates and describes what these trends mean for the Chicago metropolitan region.

May 20, 2015
Chicago's population ekes out really small gain by Mary Ellen Podmolik
Published by Chicago Tribune
The article describes the release of 2014 population estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau which show that Chicago's population increased by 82 residents. A CMAP Policy Update examines recent annual population estimates and describes what these trends mean for the Chicago metropolitan region.

May 20, 2015
City living:  Census shows where city populations increased, decreased last year by Max Rust
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
The article describes Chicago's population growth rate from 2010 to 2014, which was one of the slowest among the 50 largest U.S. cities. A CMAP Policy Update examines recent annual population estimates and describes what these trends mean for the Chicago metropolitan region.

May 19, 2015
Evanston Divvy plans delayed until next spring by Bob Seidenberg and Jon Hilkevitch
Published by Chicago Tribune
The article describes Divvy's expansion into Evanston, which has been delayed until spring 2016.  The delay will not affect the expansion of Divvy within the City of Chicago.  The Divvy program is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

May 15, 2015
Grant for Apache Park project on hold by Lee V. Grimes
Published by Chicago Tribune
The article describes the status of the renovation of Apache Park in Des Plaines. The project is part of an overall improvement plan for the area developed with support from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

May 12, 2105
The Divvy density dilemma: Are stations in low-income areas too far apart? By John Greenfield
Published by Streetsblog Chicago
The article describes Divvy's expansion in Chicago.  The Divvy program is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

May 8, 2015
Hundreds gather for Kane County Leaders Summit in St. Charles by Ashley Sloboda
Published by Kane County Chronicle
The article describes the Kane County Leaders Summit, which brought together regional stakeholders to address how to attract investment and growth.  CMAP's Drew Williams-Clark discussed Homes for a Changing Region reports at the event.

May 8, 2015
Divvy may test-drive helmet vending machines at stations by Leonor Vivanco
Published by Chicago Tribune
The article describes the development of a bike helmet vending machine prototype that may be integrated into select Chicago Divvy stations. The Divvy program is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

May 7, 2015
Divvy Expands by Chicago Tonight
Aired on WTTW
The video clip describes Divvy's expansion in the Chicago area and highlights Divvy Week, which runs from May 1-10, 2015 and features discounts and giveaways for riders. The Divvy program is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program

May 7, 2015
Status Update: Navy Pier Flyover
Published by The Chicago Architecture Blog
The article describes construction progress on the Navy Pier flyover.  The project, which is in its first phase, is expected to be completed in 2018 and is partially funded through the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

May 6, 2015
Published by Crain's Chicago
The CMAP letter highlights the need for rail investments in a new federal transportation bill.
 

May 6, 2015
How does Evanston rank for parkland? By Bill Smith
Published by Evanston Now
The article describes the amount of parkland within the City of Evanston using data from the CMAP Community Data Snapshots.  

May 1, 2015
Divvy bike week kicks off
Published by Chicago Tribune
The article describes Divvy Week in Chicago, which runs from May 1-10, 2015 and features discounts and giveaways for riders.  The Divvy program is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April

April 30, 2015
Why Chicago is claiming bike-share bragging rights by Anna Clark
Published by Next City
The article describes Divvy's expansion in Chicago and surrounding communities like Oak Park and Evanston.  The Divvy program is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 28, 2015
Cumpata: Transportation success stories abound
Published by Northwest Herald
The article describes a number of McHenry County Economic Development Corporation projects related to transportation.  McHenry County is currently developing a comprehensive economic development strategy with support from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

April 27, 2015
No bones about it, leashed dogs will be allowed on The 606 by Leonor Vivanco
Published by Chicago Tribune
The article describes the opening of the Bloomingdale Trail, aka The 606, which features two designated dog parks.  The trail will open in June and is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 27, 2015
CAGTC elects Szabo, four others to board; names new executive director
Published by Progressive Railroading
The article describes the Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) appointment of five new board members and installment of a new executive director.  Among the newly appointed board members is Joseph Szabo, who joined CMAP in January 2015 as a senior fellow.

April 24, 2015
CDOT's Sean Wiedel provides and update on Divvy installation, equity efforts by John Greenfield
Published by Streetsblog Chicago
The article describes the installation of new Divvy stations in Chicago, including many south and west side communities.  The Divvy program is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 24, 2015
Published by Argus Leader
The CMAP letter highlights the need for rail investments in a new federal transportation bill.
 
April 23, 2015
Published by Portland Press Herald
The CMAP letter highlights the need for rail investments in a new federal transportation bill.
 
April 21, 2015
Published by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The CMAP letter highlights the need for rail investments in a new federal transportation bill.
 

April 20, 2015
Bloomingdale Trail opening set for June 6 by Mitch Dudek
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
The article describes the grand opening of the Bloomingdale Trail, aka The 606.  The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 20, 2015
The Bloomingdale Trail, pulse of "The 606" opens June 6, Rahm says by Josh McGhee and Alisa Hauser
Published by DNAinfo
the Article describes the upcoming opening of the Bloomingdale Trail, aka The 606.  The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 20, 2015
Bloomingdale Trail slated to open June 6
Published by NBC Chicago
The article describes the June 6 opening of the Bloomingdale Trail, aka The 606.  The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 18, 2015
Published by Detroit Free Press
The CMAP letter highlights the need for rail investments in a new federal transportation bill.
 

April 9, 2015
Work on new 35th Street bridge means Lake Shore Drive detours starting Friday
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
The article describes the upcoming construction of a new 35th Street pedestrian Bridge over Lake Shore Drive.  The project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 6, 2015
Pace plans speedy new buses on suburban roads like routes 25, 31, 53, 83 by Marni Pyke
Published by Daily Herald
The article describes Pace's efforts to develop an arterial rapid transit system along 24 suburban corridors. The project is partially funded through the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 6, 2015
Pace Pulse system meeting set for April 22 at Niles' Oasis by Tom Robb
Published by Journal & Topics
The article describes an upcoming public meeting for the development Pulse arterial rapid transit system. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Niles Park District Oasis Fun Center (7877 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles). The Pulse project is partially funded through the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 5, 2015
Navy Pier flyover takes shape near lake by David Matthews
Published by DNAinfo
The article describes construction progress on the Navy Pier flyover.  The project, which is in its first phase, is expected to be completed in 2018 and is partially funded through the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 4, 2015
Pace unveils first Pulse express bus service plans for Milwaukee Avenue, Niles by Tom Robb
Published by Journal & Topics
The article describes Pace's plans to create an arterial rapid transit system, Pulse, along Milwaukee Avenue in Niles. The project is partially funded through the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 3, 2015
Carol Stream seeks input for comprehensive plan by Safiya Merchant
Published by Daily Herald
The article describes the development of the Carol Stream comprehensive plan through the CMAP LTA program.

April 3, 2015
Inspiration + Collaboration: Chicago's Bloomingdale and Cal-Sag Trails by John Greenfield
Published by Rails to Trails
The article describes the upcoming openings of the Bloomingdale Trail, aka The 606, and the Cal-Sag Trail.  Both trail projects are partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 3, 2015
A look at two big Chicagoland trail projects: the Bloomingdale and Cal-Sag by John Greenfield
Published by Streetsblog
The excerpt from a Rails to Trails article describes the upcoming openings of the Bloomingdale Trail, aka The 606, and the Cal-Sag Trail.  Both trail projects are partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

April 2015
Regional Economic Indicators
Published by Daily Herald Book of Lists
The article describes the Chicago region's economy using data on trends, workforce, clusters, and innovation from CMAP's regional economic indicators microsite.

March

March 24, 2015
The growing distance between people and jobs in metropolitan America by Elizabeth Kneebone and Natalie Holmes
Published by Brookings Institution
The report cites the LTA-supported Cook County Planning for Progress as an example of how metropolitan areas can better align and target federal, state, and local funding to support regional housing and transportation needs and economic development.

March 20, 2015
Bloomingdale Trail: "Finish line" nears for Chicago's next great park by Roseanne Tellez
Published by CBS Chicago
The article describes construction progress on the Bloomingdale Trail (aka The 606), which will be open in June.  The Trail is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program.

March 13, 2015
Proposal to extend Route 52 would raise tolls, gas tax by Ronnie Wachter
Published by Lake County News-Sun
The article describes the Illinois Tollway Route 53/120 Finance Committee's plan to fund the road's extension, which is among the GO TO 2040 plan's major capital projects.  With support from the Tollway and Lake County, CMAP is guiding a Corridor Land Use Plan.

March 11, 2015
Amtrak honors Joe Szabo with Chicago dedication by Douglas John Bowen
Published by Railway Age
The article describes Amtrak's dedication of its Union Station railroad operations center as the Joseph C. Szabo Chicago Control Center. After stepping down as head of the Federal Railroad Administration, he joined CMAP in January 2015 as a senior fellow. 

March 11, 2015
Amtrak renames control center after Szabo
Published by Progressive Railroading
The article describes Amtrak's dedication of its Union Station railroad operations center as the Joseph C. Szabo Chicago Control Center.

March 10, 2015
Amtrak renames operations center for Chicago rail official by Jon Hilkevitch
Published by Chicago Tribune
The article describes Amtrak's dedication of its Union Station railroad operations center as the Joseph C. Szabo Chicago Control Center.

March 9, 2015
Here's the latest look at the Bloomingdale Trail by Alisa Hauser
Published by DNAinfo
The article describes work on the Bloomingdale Trail, which is set to open in June.  The project was partially funded with a $50 million grant from the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

March 8, 2015
Longer Red line North morning commutes, Wabash Avenue work begin Monday by Rosalind Rossi
Published by Chicago Sun-Times
The article describes construction work at the CTA's Wilson and Washington-Wabash stations.  Both projects are partially funded through CMAQ.

March 5, 2015
Published by Journal and Topics
The article previews the public workshop for the development of the Arlington Heights bicycle-pedestrian plan. The plan is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
 
March 4, 2015
Published by Northwest Herald
The article previews the kickoff meeting for the new Harvard comprehensive plan. The plan is being developed through the CMAP LTA program.
 
March 2, 2015
Published by Chicago Tribune
The article describes the new Loop Link project that will significantly improve bus service on Washington, Madison, Clinton, and Canal streets in downtown Chicago. The article also mentions Washington/Wabash CTA station and the Union Station Transportation center projects, where are partially funded by the CMAP CMAQ program.
 

February

February 19, 2015
Published by Daily Southtown
The article describes the open house for the draft comprehensive plan for Chicago Heights. The plan is being developed through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. 
 

February 17, 2015
Kane County seeks to grow transit systems by Ashley Sloboda
Published by Kane County Chronicle
The article describes Kane County's transit plan, which is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

February 11, 2015
Forest preserve district hires AECOM to develop countywide bikeway system by Lauren Leone-Cross
Published by The Herald-News
The article describes Will County's efforts to develop a county-wide bikeway system.  The plan complements the GO TO 2040 goal of creating livable communities.

February 10, 2015
Residents want safe area for bikers to connect to Fox River Trail by Laura Pavin
Published by Pioneer Press
The article describes the open house for Barrington Hills bikeway plan, which is being developed through CMAP's LTA program.

February 9, 2014
CMAP's new tool elevates the urgency for innovative transportation solutions by Chris Spahr
Published by State Smart Transportation Initiative
The article describes CMAP's mobility visualizations site.

February 3, 2015
From the community:  Bensenville approves new comprehensive plan
Published by Chicago Tribune
The community post describes the Village of Bensenville Board of Trustees approval of a new comprehensive plan, which was developed through CMAP's LTA program.

February 3, 2015
DuPage County to compete for federal grant to fix flooding problems by Dawn Rhodes
Published by Chicago Tribune
The article describes DuPage County plans to submit a proposal to the National Disaster Resilience Competition for federal grant funding to address flooding problems. CMAP is helping with a coordinated effort to develop a region-wide plan for improving resiliency to natural disasters.

February 3, 2015
Transportation frustration? It's time to do something about it by Peter Skosey
Published by Crain's Chicago Business
The opinion piece highlights data from CMAP's mobility visualizations site and describes the results of a Metropolitan Planning Council survey of commuters and their transportation frustrations.

February 2, 2015
A new interactive mapping tool showcases Chicago region's mobility infrastructure needs by James Brasuell
Published by Planetizen
The article describes the release of CMAP's mobility visualizations site.

January

January 30, 2015
Chicago planners map "crumbling infrastructure" in exquisite detail by Rachel Dovey
Published by Next City
The article highlights CMAP's mobility visualizations site and explains the process behind its development.

January 31, 2015
New website hopes to help reduce Chicago area traffic jams by Mike Flannery
Aired on FOX 32 News
The news segment highlights data from CMAP's mobility visualizations site.

January 28, 2015
Federal railway administrator returns home
Aired on WBEZ 91.5 Morning Shift
The news segment covers metropolitan Chicago region's transportation needs and national rail issues, including freight and commuter rail infrastructure and funding and CMAP's Joe Szabo is interviewed.  The segment also highlights data from CMAP's mobility visualizations site.

January 26, 2015
Interactive data visualizations of metropolitan Chicago transportation system by Matt Ball
Published by Informed Infrastructure
The article announces the release of CMAP's mobility visualizations site.

January 26, 2015
Online maps will outline Chicago-area's transportation woes, need for money by  Jon Hilkevitch
Published by Chicago Tribune
The article covers the release of CMAP's mobility visualizations site and highlights select data and its relationship to current infrastructure issues.

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