UPDATES

May 3, 2021

CMAP Weekly Update

Zoning governs the look and feel of a community. But rules that restrict housing options can force residents to leave when their lives change, an...

April 15, 2021

Communities adopting complete streets are creating safer travel options

The pandemic has reinforced the dangers behind street designs that encourage excessive vehicle speeding. Throughout the country last spring, as...

April 2, 2021

Northeastern Illinois’ economic recovery is lagging one year since pandemic began

A recent analysis from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) found the region has regained 43 percent of the jobs lost in 2020, but...

March 10, 2021

Collaboration across communities paves way for walking, bicycling routes throughout northern lakeshore

Five communities in northern Illinois are moving forward on a plan to create a robust walking and bicycling network along the Lake Michigan sho...

March 5, 2021

CMAP Weekly Update, 3-5-21

Women have been vulnerable to the economic impacts of COVID-19. In Illinois and across the nation, women have become unemployed or dropped out of...

March 4, 2021

Governor’s budget proposal highlights priorities and continued pandemic impacts

Governor J.B. Pritzker recently unveiled his proposed budget for Illinois’ new fiscal year amid a pandemic that has impacted state and local fina...

March 4, 2021

Women face serious challenges during COVID-19 recession

Women, particularly women of color, have been vulnerable to the economic impacts of COVID-19. In Illinois and across the nation, women have becom...

February 25, 2021

How COVID-19 affects transportation in northeastern Illinois

Transit and transportation use has changed significantly since the pandemic began in March 2020. We've updated our analysis of northeastern Illin...

February 24, 2021

Homelessness on the decline prior to COVID-19, but challenges remain

Homelessness in northeastern Illinois dropped to its lowest point in more than a decade prior to COVID-19, according to a new analysis by the Chi...

February 3, 2021

Northeastern Illinois can work together to integrate equity with public transportation

The day is meant to highlight why local and federal officials need to support equitable, accessible, and sustainable public transportation. This ...

January 28, 2021

Travel safety is worsening in northeastern Illinois

Shortly after the coronavirus hit, 2020 went from being one of the better years for traffic safety nationally to being one of the deadliest. This...

January 21, 2021

Illinois sees second-largest population loss of U.S. states

Illinois lost nearly 80,000 residents in 2020, marking the seventh straight year of population decline, according to new estimates from the U.S. ...

January 14, 2021

How CMAP is supporting road safety in Flossmoor, other goals across northeastern Illinois

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) has kicked off local planning projects in communities a...

December 10, 2020

Pandemic presents opportunity for communities to embrace biking and walking

COVID-19 has affected northeastern Illinois’ entire transportation system since March, with residents showing increased interest in biking and ...

December 2, 2020

Voters approve government consolidations in the region

Voters across northeastern Illinois approved a number of government consolidations during the November 2020 elections.

November 12, 2020

Bringing the region together for a stronger recovery

Leaders from across northeastern Illinois joined together on Monday to support a strong economic recovery and build back a more inclusive, pros...

October 29, 2020

COVID-19 offers opportunity to rethink curb space

COVID-19 has introduced new demands for the curb. Safety measures restrict the use of enclosed spaces and require that all establishments — bot...

October 8, 2020

Unemployment fluctuating during COVID-19 pandemic

Unemployment has improved since this spring, but the ongoing pandemic and efforts to contain it may cause lasting damage to the region’s job mark...

October 1, 2020

Summer of extreme weather stresses need for climate action in northeastern Illinois

Northeastern Illinois is not immune to the effects of climate change. In fact, a changing climate is already having a significant impact on inf...

September 25, 2020

Online permitting during COVID-19 underscores importance of tech investment

Online submission systems are more efficient. They allow residents to submit at their convenience, municipalities to gather permits in a search...