UPDATES

October 20, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update

ON TO 2050, the region’s long-range plan, encourages the development of compact, walkable communities.

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...

September 18, 2020

Survey reveals travel patterns were shifting pre-pandemic

Younger generations are favoring biking, walking, and public transit over cars more than they did a decade ago. Lower income households are trave...

September 11, 2020

How to engage Latinx communities during COVID-19

Many Latinx residents receive information through their churches or at social service agencies and community meetings that provide materials pr...

September 4, 2020

North Avenue revitalization kicks off with housing boom

Apartments, townhouses, and other multifamily housing developments are cropping up along North Avenue in western Cook County. The activity shows ...

August 28, 2020

Illinois at risk of a census undercount, especially in communities of color

Fewer people in northeastern Illinois are filling out the census, putting the region at risk of a costly undercount. A new analysis of 2020 censu...

August 21, 2020

Reimagining an economic recovery with a low-carbon future

“There’s an opportunity right now for a massive infrastructure investment plan that would upgrade electricity systems and public transportation, ...

August 7, 2020

Why we must address housing vacancies even during a pandemic

We still do not know how the coronavirus pandemic will change the region’s housing market, in part, because governmental interventions like emerg...

July 24, 2020

Shared services and tax reform are key strategies for addressing sales tax shortfalls

The dramatic drop in retail spending caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly reducing local government revenues, which is most concernin...

July 18, 2020

Local Technical Assistance keeps public engaged during pandemic

Public engagement remains a core element to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Local Technical Assistance program, and our commitment...

July 16, 2020

Shared services can strengthen local governments’ response to COVID-19

Service-sharing initiatives have proven to be effective tools for local governments looking to save taxpayer dollars and improve efficiency. More...

July 3, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 6-26-20

CMAP Weekly Update, 6-26-20. CMAP recently released first-of-its-kind water data for northeastern Illinois. In partnership with Illinois-Indiana ...

June 26, 2020

Coordination and conservation are key to a sustainable Will County water supply

A recent study by the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) reveals that sandstone aquifers in western Will, Kendall, and southern Kane counties w...

June 25, 2020

Efficient lawn watering helps Chicago region conserve water, save infrastructure costs

Reducing outdoor water use saves money and helps conserve the region’s limited water resources, especially during times of drought. Although many...

June 19, 2020

Construction season in full swing as pandemic keeps more cars at home

With fewer people and cars on the streets because of the coronavirus pandemic, road construction season in northeastern Illinois this year has ...

June 12, 2020

Adapt public space for emerging needs during COVID-19 

From empty highways to quiet train stations, all transportation modes in the Chicago metropolitan region have seen huge declines because of COV...

June 10, 2020

Region’s status as freight hub critical during pandemic

As toilet paper and sanitizers flew off store shelves at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, northeastern Illinois’ status as the preeminent ...

May 22, 2020

We work and move as one region

Our region’s economy is inter-connected, with individual communities part of a larger economic ecosystem. As state and local governments determin...