CMAP Weekly Update, 5-7-21

Two communities working together to create a go-to destination

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is partnering with Berkeley and Hillside, as well as the Berkeley Park District, to develop their vision of turning the area around the Illinois Prairie Path into a community destination. By improving access, the project can maximize the potential of the multi-use nature trail, which spans more than 60 miles and connects to other communities in Cook, DuPage, and Kane counties.

Students: Register for our virtual FLIP summer program

CMAP is excited to announce this year's virtual Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. We are currently 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 who complete all four "FLIP Friday" sessions will receive a FLIP certificate. Registration closes on Friday, June 11.

New campaign encourages summer travel around the region

Nine tourism organizations in northeastern Illinois have partnered to launch a summer campaign to encourage travel to and around northeastern Illinois. The Visit Chicagoland campaign, themed The Only Thing Missing Is You, is designed to promote awareness and generate interest in luring visitors back to the region's many sights and experiences.

 

This initiative is the result of the Regional Economic Recovery Task Force, a group convened by CMAP to identify strategies that support a strong recovery. 

Join discussion on improving walkability in the region

Walking is the most fundamental form of transportation. However, recent trends — including research and data published in CMAP's Traffic Safety white paper — show that we must do more to prioritize the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. This is also a primary goal of CMAP's new Traffic Safety Action Agenda.

 

Join "Where the Sidewalk Ends" on Tuesday, May 11, at noon for a discussion about how to improve safety, walkability, and accessibility in northeastern Illinois. The event, hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council, will include panelists Victoria Jacobsen of CMAP; Rachel Arfa of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities; and Leslé Honoré of the Center for Neighborhood Technology and Elevated Chicago

Monitoring legislation on water supply and infrastructure

Currently, the Illinois General Assembly is considering a number of bills that could impact the region's water supply and water infrastructure resources:

 

  • HB414: Provides water and sewer financial assistance to qualifying Illinois residents.
  • HB3739: Creates the Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act.
  • HB3853: Commissions a report on the water rates throughout the Lake Michigan service area of northeastern Illinois.

 

Beyond the topic of water, each session CMAP staff monitors legislation that is of interest to the agency and partners, highlighted in this list of active legislation. In April, the CMAP Board approved action relating to legislative proposals that have the potential to implement recommendations from ON TO 2050, the region’s long-range plan.

Announcing CMAP's 2021 Public Service Award winners

The Good Government Award 
Honoring those who have enhanced CMAP's ability to better engage the public, making the agency more efficient, accountable, and responsive to the public and within internal processes. 

Individual: Jared Patton 
This past year, under challenging circumstances, Jared demonstrated extraordinary commitment to engaging public and agency partners, particularly for the Burlington comprehensive plan. 

Team: Every CMAP staff liaison to the Local Government Network 
Launched in April 2020, the Local Government Network is a way to communicate with the region's communities on critical issues and better understand their needs. More than 90 staff serve as liaisons to each of the region's 284 communities, establishing connections, developing relationships, and acting as points of contact. 

Core Values Award 
Honoring those who excel at bringing CMAP's core values — equity, innovation, public service, collaboration, and leadership — to life in their work and roles. 

Individual: Nora Beck 
Nora Beck is a leader in CMAP's water supply work, bringing partners together to collaborate on tough challenges. She also excels at working with colleagues to find innovative ways to include water considerations where they haven't traditionally been priorities. 

Team: Engagement team 
The Engagement team provided critical support in CMAP's switch to remote work so the agency could host open, virtual meetings. They tried new ideas, developing CMAP Talks webinars, launching the Engage with CMAP website, and transitioning the Future Leaders in Planning program to be virtual. With each of their projects, the Engagement team shows what it means to pursue equity, always working to get all voices at the table. 

Difference Maker Award 
Celebrating CMAP employees or groups who contribute to the agency's work and culture in ways that made a significant difference. 

Individual: Cindy Cambray 
Cindy makes a difference by working each day to create an inclusive environment, and by her example, leads the way for others. In sharing her lived experiences, she empowers others to live their truths and learn from each other.

Team: Employee Resource Group 
The Employee Resource Group convened at a critical time to create a supportive space for staff of color. The group provides a place to share experiences and bolster each other, and has made a difference in CMAP's culture and work. 

ON TO 2050 Advancement Award 
Celebrating individuals and teams whose work advances implementation of ON TO 2050's goals and recommendations in exceptional ways and supports the region's pursuit of the plan's goals. 

Individual: Laurent Ahiablame and Noel Peterson 
Laurent and Noel worked closely with Cook County to adapt CMAP's community cohort tool to equitably allocate federal CARES Act funding. Thanks to Laurent and Noel, the community cohort tool was used in new and meaningful ways to advance ON TO 2050 and have a positive impact. 

Team: Northern Lakeshore Trail Connectivity Plan team 
The Northern Lakeshore Trail Connectivity Plan team worked to improve walking and bicycling conditions in five communities. The communities received a grant to begin implementation and several adopted new complete streets policies because of this plan, further showing how it has helped to advance ON TO 2050. 

Superhero Award 
Celebrating the extraordinary contributions of those who have risen to the challenges during COVID-19 to maintain critical operations and support and empower colleagues. 

Individual: Dominick Argumedo 
Dominick has worked hard over the last year to bring CMAP together while working remote. From keeping the conversation going on Microsoft Teams to organizing trivia nights, Dominick's team and volunteer spirit was a bright light during a challenging year. 

Team: Finance and Administration Division 
The Finance and Administration Division persevered in a challenging and demanding year. They supported staff transition to remote work with little notice and kept core operational functions running largely uninterrupted. They also oversaw a smooth transition to a new space at the Old Post Office. CMAP could not have kept working this last year without the dedication of this team. 

Job opening: executive operations manager

CMAP is hiring an executive operations manager on the executive team. This position will support the executive director through a combination of project management, writing, editing, research, high level administrative, and relationship support functions, and embodies a commitment to the agency's core values.

 

A bachelor’s degree in business, management, or a related field and at least five years of executive administrative experience are preferred. This is a senior-level position. 

Remembering Bernie Wong, founder of the Chinese American Service League

Bernada "Bernie" Wong, a pioneering advocate for Asian Americans in Chicago, passed away April 27. She was 77.

 

Wong co-founded and led the Chinese American Service League, which grew to be the largest social service agency serving Asian Americans in the Midwest. Among her proudest achievements were the establishment of a senior housing facility, later re-christened the Albert and Bernie Wong Senior Living Community, as well as the Kam L. Liu Community Service Center.

 

Learn more about Wong's life and legacy.

Public comment: ON TO 2050/FFY 2021-25 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment

CMAP released the following conformity analysis of ON TO 2050 and the FFY 2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment 21-06. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by maile-mail, or phone (312-454-0400) through Monday, May 17.

Events

Board Meeting
May 12, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Host: CMAP

 

Executive Committee
May 12, 2021, 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Host: CMAP

Unified Work Program
May 12, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Host: CMAP

CMAQ Project Selection Committee
May 13, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Host: CMAP

Centering Healing, Serving Community: Lessons Learned from Health Action Planning in Chicago
May 13, 2021, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Host: Enterprise Community Partners and the Illinois Public Health Institute

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CMAP Weekly Update, 5-7-21

Two communities working together to create a go-to destination

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is partnering with Berkeley and Hillside, as well as the Berkeley Park District, to develop their vision of turning the area around the Illinois Prairie Path into a community destination. By improving access, the project can maximize the potential of the multi-use nature trail, which spans more than 60 miles and connects to other communities in Cook, DuPage, and Kane counties.

Students: Register for our virtual FLIP summer program

CMAP is excited to announce this year's virtual Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. We are currently 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 who complete all four "FLIP Friday" sessions will receive a FLIP certificate. Registration closes on Friday, June 11.

New campaign encourages summer travel around the region

Nine tourism organizations in northeastern Illinois have partnered to launch a summer campaign to encourage travel to and around northeastern Illinois. The Visit Chicagoland campaign, themed The Only Thing Missing Is You, is designed to promote awareness and generate interest in luring visitors back to the region's many sights and experiences.

 

This initiative is the result of the Regional Economic Recovery Task Force, a group convened by CMAP to identify strategies that support a strong recovery. 

Join discussion on improving walkability in the region

Walking is the most fundamental form of transportation. However, recent trends — including research and data published in CMAP's Traffic Safety white paper — show that we must do more to prioritize the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. This is also a primary goal of CMAP's new Traffic Safety Action Agenda.

 

Join "Where the Sidewalk Ends" on Tuesday, May 11, at noon for a discussion about how to improve safety, walkability, and accessibility in northeastern Illinois. The event, hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council, will include panelists Victoria Jacobsen of CMAP; Rachel Arfa of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities; and Leslé Honoré of the Center for Neighborhood Technology and Elevated Chicago

Monitoring legislation on water supply and infrastructure

Currently, the Illinois General Assembly is considering a number of bills that could impact the region's water supply and water infrastructure resources:

 

  • HB414: Provides water and sewer financial assistance to qualifying Illinois residents.
  • HB3739: Creates the Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act.
  • HB3853: Commissions a report on the water rates throughout the Lake Michigan service area of northeastern Illinois.

 

Beyond the topic of water, each session CMAP staff monitors legislation that is of interest to the agency and partners, highlighted in this list of active legislation. In April, the CMAP Board approved action relating to legislative proposals that have the potential to implement recommendations from ON TO 2050, the region’s long-range plan.

Announcing CMAP's 2021 Public Service Award winners

The Good Government Award 
Honoring those who have enhanced CMAP's ability to better engage the public, making the agency more efficient, accountable, and responsive to the public and within internal processes. 

Individual: Jared Patton 
This past year, under challenging circumstances, Jared demonstrated extraordinary commitment to engaging public and agency partners, particularly for the Burlington comprehensive plan. 

Team: Every CMAP staff liaison to the Local Government Network 
Launched in April 2020, the Local Government Network is a way to communicate with the region's communities on critical issues and better understand their needs. More than 90 staff serve as liaisons to each of the region's 284 communities, establishing connections, developing relationships, and acting as points of contact. 

Core Values Award 
Honoring those who excel at bringing CMAP's core values — equity, innovation, public service, collaboration, and leadership — to life in their work and roles. 

Individual: Nora Beck 
Nora Beck is a leader in CMAP's water supply work, bringing partners together to collaborate on tough challenges. She also excels at working with colleagues to find innovative ways to include water considerations where they haven't traditionally been priorities. 

Team: Engagement team 
The Engagement team provided critical support in CMAP's switch to remote work so the agency could host open, virtual meetings. They tried new ideas, developing CMAP Talks webinars, launching the Engage with CMAP website, and transitioning the Future Leaders in Planning program to be virtual. With each of their projects, the Engagement team shows what it means to pursue equity, always working to get all voices at the table. 

Difference Maker Award 
Celebrating CMAP employees or groups who contribute to the agency's work and culture in ways that made a significant difference. 

Individual: Cindy Cambray 
Cindy makes a difference by working each day to create an inclusive environment, and by her example, leads the way for others. In sharing her lived experiences, she empowers others to live their truths and learn from each other.

Team: Employee Resource Group 
The Employee Resource Group convened at a critical time to create a supportive space for staff of color. The group provides a place to share experiences and bolster each other, and has made a difference in CMAP's culture and work. 

ON TO 2050 Advancement Award 
Celebrating individuals and teams whose work advances implementation of ON TO 2050's goals and recommendations in exceptional ways and supports the region's pursuit of the plan's goals. 

Individual: Laurent Ahiablame and Noel Peterson 
Laurent and Noel worked closely with Cook County to adapt CMAP's community cohort tool to equitably allocate federal CARES Act funding. Thanks to Laurent and Noel, the community cohort tool was used in new and meaningful ways to advance ON TO 2050 and have a positive impact. 

Team: Northern Lakeshore Trail Connectivity Plan team 
The Northern Lakeshore Trail Connectivity Plan team worked to improve walking and bicycling conditions in five communities. The communities received a grant to begin implementation and several adopted new complete streets policies because of this plan, further showing how it has helped to advance ON TO 2050. 

Superhero Award 
Celebrating the extraordinary contributions of those who have risen to the challenges during COVID-19 to maintain critical operations and support and empower colleagues. 

Individual: Dominick Argumedo 
Dominick has worked hard over the last year to bring CMAP together while working remote. From keeping the conversation going on Microsoft Teams to organizing trivia nights, Dominick's team and volunteer spirit was a bright light during a challenging year. 

Team: Finance and Administration Division 
The Finance and Administration Division persevered in a challenging and demanding year. They supported staff transition to remote work with little notice and kept core operational functions running largely uninterrupted. They also oversaw a smooth transition to a new space at the Old Post Office. CMAP could not have kept working this last year without the dedication of this team. 

Job opening: executive operations manager

CMAP is hiring an executive operations manager on the executive team. This position will support the executive director through a combination of project management, writing, editing, research, high level administrative, and relationship support functions, and embodies a commitment to the agency's core values.

 

A bachelor’s degree in business, management, or a related field and at least five years of executive administrative experience are preferred. This is a senior-level position. 

Remembering Bernie Wong, founder of the Chinese American Service League

Bernada "Bernie" Wong, a pioneering advocate for Asian Americans in Chicago, passed away April 27. She was 77.

 

Wong co-founded and led the Chinese American Service League, which grew to be the largest social service agency serving Asian Americans in the Midwest. Among her proudest achievements were the establishment of a senior housing facility, later re-christened the Albert and Bernie Wong Senior Living Community, as well as the Kam L. Liu Community Service Center.

 

Learn more about Wong's life and legacy.

Public comment: ON TO 2050/FFY 2021-25 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment

CMAP released the following conformity analysis of ON TO 2050 and the FFY 2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment 21-06. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by maile-mail, or phone (312-454-0400) through Monday, May 17.

Events

Board Meeting
May 12, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Host: CMAP

 

Executive Committee
May 12, 2021, 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Host: CMAP

Unified Work Program
May 12, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Host: CMAP

CMAQ Project Selection Committee
May 13, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Host: CMAP

Centering Healing, Serving Community: Lessons Learned from Health Action Planning in Chicago
May 13, 2021, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Host: Enterprise Community Partners and the Illinois Public Health Institute

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