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...

January 11, 2021

CMAP Weekly Update

CMAP is accepting funding applications for surface transportation projects from Friday, January 8, through Friday, March 5.

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...

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 ...