CMAP Weekly Update, 5-14-21

Algonquin-Cary plan to redevelop Route 31 corridor approved by village boards

Algonquin and Cary, two communities partially located in southeast McHenry County, now have a plan to restore and develop land along the Route 31 corridor previously used for sand and gravel mining. Downtown Algonquin, Cary, the Prairie Trail, the Fox Bluff Conservation Area, and the Fox River will all be connected by a transportation network that includes pedestrian and bicycle improvements. The subarea plan, developed through the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Local Technical Assistance program, was recently approved by both the Cary and Algonquin village boards.

 

Read more in The Daily Herald and on the project page.

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 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 are required to attend all four "FLIP Friday" sessions and will receive a FLIP certificate. Applications closes on Friday, June 11.

Monitoring legislation on governance and funding local infrastructure

Currently, the Illinois General Assembly is considering legislation that could impact the region's approach to governance and funding local infrastructure:

 

  • HB162 – Requires local governments to complete a study of potential efficiencies and consolidations at a minimum of once every 10 years.
  • SB117 – Creates an Infrastructure Development Account within the investment portfolio of the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer.

 

Beyond the topic of governance, each session CMAP staff monitors legislation that is of interest to the agency and partners, highlighted in this list of active legislation. 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.

Treasury guidance on state and local aid

On Monday, the U.S. Treasury Department released guidance on the upcoming distribution of $350 billion in American Rescue Plan aid to state and local governments. Eligible state, county, and metropolitan cities (over 50,000 population) may now request their allocation of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds through the treasury's website.

 

Local governments under 50,000 population should expect to receive this funding from the State of Illinois. According to the treasury, local governments will receive funds in two portions, with 50 percent provided during May and the remaining balance delivered approximately 12 months later. The funds may be used to support public health expenditures and investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. Funds can also address economic impacts to workers and households. The treasury is encouraging feedback on this guidance.

Keep masking and riding

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, and Pace have launched a joint advertising campaign reminding transit riders to continue to ride responsibly and wear a mask.

 

Transit operators have upgraded air filtration and sanitized buses and trains daily. In addition, a growing numbers of riders and operators are being vaccinated. Wearing masks while riding transit minimizes spread of COVID-19 and protects those who are not yet vaccinated like children who are not yet eligible for vaccination, and those who are severely immunocompromised. This is in line with CDC guidance released this week which states that masks are still required for public transportation.

Missed the CMAP Board meeting? Watch a recording

The CMAP Board met on Wednesday, May 12. Staff provided proposed updates to the CMAP Board bylaws and a presentation on the ON TO 2050 plan update.

Watch a recording of the meeting on YouTube. The CMAP Board meets next on Wednesday, June 9.  

Come work with us at CMAP

CMAP is hiring for an assistant research analyst in the research, analysis, and programming department. The position performs data collection, analysis, and other research related to planning used in the development and implementation of the agency’s regional and local planning activities.

 

CMAP is also 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. 

 

Visit the agency's Careers page to learn more and apply.  

Report safety issues

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is asking local public agencies and emergency providers to complete an information survey, to help reach the goal for zero fatalities on roadways. The form asks for locations and sites where a safety concern is present. Submissions are due by Friday, June 18. IDOT will use the survey results and its existing crash data to produce a more complete set of information.

Public comment: 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

Freight Committee Meeting
May 17, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Host: CMAP

An Introduction to the Illinois Climate Assessment
May 17, 2021, noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: The Nature Conservancy

Tier II Consultation Meeting
May 25, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Host: CMAP

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CMAP Weekly Update, 5-14-21

Algonquin-Cary plan to redevelop Route 31 corridor approved by village boards

Algonquin and Cary, two communities partially located in southeast McHenry County, now have a plan to restore and develop land along the Route 31 corridor previously used for sand and gravel mining. Downtown Algonquin, Cary, the Prairie Trail, the Fox Bluff Conservation Area, and the Fox River will all be connected by a transportation network that includes pedestrian and bicycle improvements. The subarea plan, developed through the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Local Technical Assistance program, was recently approved by both the Cary and Algonquin village boards.

 

Read more in The Daily Herald and on the project page.

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 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 are required to attend all four "FLIP Friday" sessions and will receive a FLIP certificate. Applications closes on Friday, June 11.

Monitoring legislation on governance and funding local infrastructure

Currently, the Illinois General Assembly is considering legislation that could impact the region's approach to governance and funding local infrastructure:

 

  • HB162 – Requires local governments to complete a study of potential efficiencies and consolidations at a minimum of once every 10 years.
  • SB117 – Creates an Infrastructure Development Account within the investment portfolio of the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer.

 

Beyond the topic of governance, each session CMAP staff monitors legislation that is of interest to the agency and partners, highlighted in this list of active legislation. 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.

Treasury guidance on state and local aid

On Monday, the U.S. Treasury Department released guidance on the upcoming distribution of $350 billion in American Rescue Plan aid to state and local governments. Eligible state, county, and metropolitan cities (over 50,000 population) may now request their allocation of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds through the treasury's website.

 

Local governments under 50,000 population should expect to receive this funding from the State of Illinois. According to the treasury, local governments will receive funds in two portions, with 50 percent provided during May and the remaining balance delivered approximately 12 months later. The funds may be used to support public health expenditures and investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. Funds can also address economic impacts to workers and households. The treasury is encouraging feedback on this guidance.

Keep masking and riding

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, and Pace have launched a joint advertising campaign reminding transit riders to continue to ride responsibly and wear a mask.

 

Transit operators have upgraded air filtration and sanitized buses and trains daily. In addition, a growing numbers of riders and operators are being vaccinated. Wearing masks while riding transit minimizes spread of COVID-19 and protects those who are not yet vaccinated like children who are not yet eligible for vaccination, and those who are severely immunocompromised. This is in line with CDC guidance released this week which states that masks are still required for public transportation.

Missed the CMAP Board meeting? Watch a recording

The CMAP Board met on Wednesday, May 12. Staff provided proposed updates to the CMAP Board bylaws and a presentation on the ON TO 2050 plan update.

Watch a recording of the meeting on YouTube. The CMAP Board meets next on Wednesday, June 9.  

Come work with us at CMAP

CMAP is hiring for an assistant research analyst in the research, analysis, and programming department. The position performs data collection, analysis, and other research related to planning used in the development and implementation of the agency’s regional and local planning activities.

 

CMAP is also 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. 

 

Visit the agency's Careers page to learn more and apply.  

Report safety issues

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is asking local public agencies and emergency providers to complete an information survey, to help reach the goal for zero fatalities on roadways. The form asks for locations and sites where a safety concern is present. Submissions are due by Friday, June 18. IDOT will use the survey results and its existing crash data to produce a more complete set of information.

Public comment: 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

Freight Committee Meeting
May 17, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Host: CMAP

An Introduction to the Illinois Climate Assessment
May 17, 2021, noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: The Nature Conservancy

Tier II Consultation Meeting
May 25, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Host: CMAP

To Top