Citizens' Advisory Committee

Jul 24, 2013

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 after its adoption in 2018. 

Committee meetings are held at CMAP's offices in the Willis Tower (233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606) unless otherwise noted. 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 2018 meeting schedule is as follows:


  • September 11, 2018
  • December 11, 2018


See current and archived meeting materials. 


Elliott Harstein Chair
Jennifer Artis South Cook
Lulu Blacksmith Kane County
Kevin Ivers McHenry County
Meagan Jones Northwest Cook County
John Knoelk Will County
Valerie Leonard City of Chicago
Abbey McLaren City of Chicago
Phyllis Palmer City of Chicago
Alison Paul Suburban Cook County
Stephenie Presseller Southwest Cook
Faye Sinnott Lake County
Amaal Tokars Kendall County
Wendy Walker Williams City of Chicago
Vacant DuPage County
Vacant City of Chicago
Vacant West Cook County


As CMAP focuses on the development of ON TO 2050 and implementation of GO TO 2040, the CAC will play an important role in helping to shape the next plan and provide feedback on how GO TO 2040 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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