Citizens' Advisory Committee

Citizens' Advisory Committee

The Citizens' Advisory Committee (CAC) charge is to:

  • Promote public awareness of CMAP plans and programs, and encourage participation by citizens and other interested parties.

  • Assist in promotion and dissemination of public information and related materials.

  • Provide continuous and balanced public representation in the development of regional plans and policies.

  • Provide CMAP Board and CMAP staff with guidance that conveys residents' perspectives.

  • Ensure the effectiveness of CMAP outreach and engagement strategies by working with staff to serve as a "speakers' bureau" and connect us to communities to develop and implement the regional plans, GO TO 2040 and ON TO 2050.

  • Offer advice and assist as local advocates for CMAP and the two regional comprehensive plans.

  • Assist as implementation allies of GO TO 2040 and ON TO 2050. 

The Citizens' Advisory Committee meets quarterly on the second Tuesday of March, June, September, and December at 3:30 p.m. in the CMAP offices. These meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please send your RSVP to Cindy Cambray ( or 312-386-8748). The committee's 2019 meeting schedule is as follows:


  • March 12, 2019
  • June 11, 2019
  • September 10, 2019
  • December 10, 2019


See current and archived meeting materials. 


Elliott Hartstein Chair
Garland Armstrong Cook County
Heather Armstrong Cook County
Lulu Blacksmith Kane County
Thomas Gary Cook County
Blake Grigsby City of Chicago
Kevin Ivers McHenry County
Renee Patten City of Chicago
Stephenie Presseller Cook County
Ruth Rosas City of Chicago
Ben Ruhlig City of Chicago
Faye Sinnott Lake County
Amaal Tokars Kendall County
Vacant DuPage County
Vacant Will County


As CMAP focuses on the implementation of ON TO 2050, The CAC will play an important role in providing feedback on how the Plan's programs and policies are playing out on the local level. 

The criteria for being a member of the CAC include:

  • Members of the CAC must be full-time residents of the CMAP service area, which includes the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. The committee members will be selected to ensure diverse representation of geography, gender, age, ethnicity, and experience.
  • Members must be willing to act as representatives of the entire region, not just of their local community. Similarly, each member should participate as an individual resident of the metropolitan Chicago area, and not as a member of any given interest group.
  • Members must attend at least one (1) public event or meeting per calendar year on behalf of CMAP. Other activities, to be determined by the committee as a whole, could be writing letters to the editor on ON TO 2050 issues; serving as panelists or spokes people at events; assist in meeting facilitation; or assisting at CMAP trainings sessions.
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