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The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives to help decision makers respond to the pandemic. Find our articles and resources on this page.

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Transportation analysis update

Since the start of the coronavirus response and stay-at-home order, transit and transportation use has significantly changed. We've updated our transportation system analysis — covering roads, trips, safety, transit, and freight rail — with the latest data.

COVID-19 resources

CMAP has compiled a list of resources to aid our partners.
 

 

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COVID-19 response

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives to help decision makers respond to the pandemic. Find our articles and resources on this page.

Recent articles

Transportation analysis update

Since the start of the coronavirus response and stay-at-home order, transit and transportation use has significantly changed. We've updated our transportation system analysis — covering roads, trips, safety, transit, and freight rail — with the latest data.

COVID-19 resources

CMAP has compiled a list of resources to aid our partners.
 

 

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October 06, 2021

Traffic is rebounding in northeastern Illinois

Transit and transportation use has changed significantly since the pandemic began. CMAP updated its analysis of northeastern Illinois’ transportation system — covering roads, safety, transit, a...

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October 08, 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 market, with many workers at risk of permanently lea...

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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 searchable database, and staff to reduce data processing...

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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 printed in Spanish. Unfortunately, many of these pla...

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August 21, 2020

Reimagining an economic recovery with a low-carbon future

Through intentional investments in a low-carbon future, our region can strengthen its resilience, make northeastern Illinois more competitive globally, and equip our diverse workforce with skil...

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August 07, 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 emergency rent assistance, eviction suspensions, and ...

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July 24, 2020

CMAP’s Cohorts tool can help communities apply equity lens to funding decisions

At the start of 2020, CMAP unveiled the newest version of its Community Cohorts tool, a robust, data-driven evaluation that helps fulfill our agency’s commitment to making our project selection...

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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 concerning for communities that heavily rely on sales tax.

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July 18, 2020

Local Technical Assistance keeps public engaged during pandemic

Public engagement remains a core element to CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance program, and our commitment to eliciting feedback from residents and stakeholders on planning projects hasn’t waver...

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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 communities in northeastern Illinois may want c...

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July 10, 2020

Workers choosing cars over transit — increased congestion and lost productivity

As northeastern Illinois eyes a return to normalcy amid COVID-19, drivers in the region may be faced with gridlock and longer travel times if more workers decide to stop using public transit an...

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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 been like none other in the recent past. Many proj...

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June 20, 2020

Recovery must include investment in our region’s exporting industries as well as local businesses

The vitality of Main Street businesses is top of mind for residents and policymakers as retailers, restaurants, and bars begin to reopen across northeastern Illinois. These establishments, alon...

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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 COVID-19. As travel patterns shift in response to the...

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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 freight hub in North America played a critical ro...

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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 determine how to safely reopen workplaces through the Re...

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May 01, 2020

CMAP estimates show improved regional air quality due to recent transportation shifts

CMAP estimates show improved regional air quality due to recent transportation shifts Download the PDF. The coronavirus pandemic has radically altered our lives. However, some of the recent ch...

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April 24, 2020

Impact of the pandemic on municipal revenues

Impact of the pandemic on municipal revenues Jump to section Changes in revenue levels will impact different municipalities in disparate ways Some municipalities reliant on sales tax revenue m...

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April 17, 2020

COVID-19 federal legislation and transportation system impacts

Since the start of the COVID response and Illinois’ stay-at-home order, transit and transportation use has changed significantly. While there is a lot of speculation about what is happening, we...

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April 24, 2020

Metropolitan Chicago’s essential workers disproportionately low-income, people of color

Metropolitan Chicago’s essential workers disproportionately low-income, people of color Jump to section Where essential workers live Many essential workers live in lower-income communities Man...

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