CMAP Weekly Update, 5-21-21

Traffic in region is returning to pre-pandemic levels

Traffic and congested conditions, including traditional morning and afternoon peak travel times, are beginning to rebound in northeastern Illinois.

 

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) latest analysis of transportation trends during the pandemic shows overall statewide traffic volumes this spring nearly returning to pre-pandemic levels. Truck volumes remain elevated over those levels, while passenger vehicle volumes are 6 percent below pre-COVID levels. Learn more.

American Rescue Plan Act supports communities, transit

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act provides direct relief to state and local governments, and continues support for public transit agencies. The bill, which was signed into law in March, also provides additional relief in the form of grant and loan assistance for environmental justice, household utilities, housing, economic development, and small businesses.

 

CMAP staff recently updated their interpretation of the programs in the legislation. The document is meant to be used by local governments for informational purposes. Staff will update this overview as these programs are implemented in the coming months. Learn more.

Students: Apply for our virtual FLIP summer program

CMAP is excited to announce this year's virtual Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. We are seeking high school and college students in northeastern Illinois for this free summer leadership development series.

 

Sessions will be held on Fridays, July 9 through July 30, for 90 minutes via Zoom. Students are required to attend all four "FLIP Friday" sessions and will receive a FLIP certificate. Applications are due by Friday, June 11.

Volunteer and participate in the We Will Chicago plan

Chicago is looking for volunteers to help develop the city’s We Will Chicago plan. It's the first citywide plan in more than 50 years. Volunteers will have opportunities to contribute ideas addressing themes, issues, and policy guidelines for the plan.

 

The city planning team is led by the Office of the Mayor, the Department of Planning and Development, and other city staff, as well as public agencies and stakeholders throughout the region. As a project partner, CMAP is helping the city develop the strategy and approach for engaging the public and other civic engagement elements of the plan.

Illinois offering emergency rental assistance

The Illinois Housing Development Authority opened its emergency rental assistance program on Monday. The Illinois Rental Payment Program provides up to $25,000 to landlords and renters who have been financially impacted by the pandemic. Applications currently are open for landlords and will open for renters starting Wednesday, June 9.

In April, CMAP hosted a webinar on how communities in northeastern Illinois can connect renters and landlords to state and local assistance programs. Watch a recording of the discussion.

Last chance for cities to apply for economic mobility grants

Municipalities can apply now for support to expand economic mobility for residents and eliminate longstanding racial inequities. The National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF) is seeking applications for its Equitable Economic Mobility Initiative by Wednesday, May 26.

 

The YEF Institute will provide direct technical assistance to selected cities and up to $100,000 in grants to implement economic mobility strategies addressing racial equity. Selections will be announced later this summer.

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CMAP Weekly Update, 5-21-21

Traffic in region is returning to pre-pandemic levels

Traffic and congested conditions, including traditional morning and afternoon peak travel times, are beginning to rebound in northeastern Illinois.

 

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) latest analysis of transportation trends during the pandemic shows overall statewide traffic volumes this spring nearly returning to pre-pandemic levels. Truck volumes remain elevated over those levels, while passenger vehicle volumes are 6 percent below pre-COVID levels. Learn more.

American Rescue Plan Act supports communities, transit

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act provides direct relief to state and local governments, and continues support for public transit agencies. The bill, which was signed into law in March, also provides additional relief in the form of grant and loan assistance for environmental justice, household utilities, housing, economic development, and small businesses.

 

CMAP staff recently updated their interpretation of the programs in the legislation. The document is meant to be used by local governments for informational purposes. Staff will update this overview as these programs are implemented in the coming months. Learn more.

Students: Apply for our virtual FLIP summer program

CMAP is excited to announce this year's virtual Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. We are seeking high school and college students in northeastern Illinois for this free summer leadership development series.

 

Sessions will be held on Fridays, July 9 through July 30, for 90 minutes via Zoom. Students are required to attend all four "FLIP Friday" sessions and will receive a FLIP certificate. Applications are due by Friday, June 11.

Volunteer and participate in the We Will Chicago plan

Chicago is looking for volunteers to help develop the city’s We Will Chicago plan. It's the first citywide plan in more than 50 years. Volunteers will have opportunities to contribute ideas addressing themes, issues, and policy guidelines for the plan.

 

The city planning team is led by the Office of the Mayor, the Department of Planning and Development, and other city staff, as well as public agencies and stakeholders throughout the region. As a project partner, CMAP is helping the city develop the strategy and approach for engaging the public and other civic engagement elements of the plan.

Illinois offering emergency rental assistance

The Illinois Housing Development Authority opened its emergency rental assistance program on Monday. The Illinois Rental Payment Program provides up to $25,000 to landlords and renters who have been financially impacted by the pandemic. Applications currently are open for landlords and will open for renters starting Wednesday, June 9.

In April, CMAP hosted a webinar on how communities in northeastern Illinois can connect renters and landlords to state and local assistance programs. Watch a recording of the discussion.

Last chance for cities to apply for economic mobility grants

Municipalities can apply now for support to expand economic mobility for residents and eliminate longstanding racial inequities. The National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF) is seeking applications for its Equitable Economic Mobility Initiative by Wednesday, May 26.

 

The YEF Institute will provide direct technical assistance to selected cities and up to $100,000 in grants to implement economic mobility strategies addressing racial equity. Selections will be announced later this summer.

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