CMAP's quarterly "e-blast" newsletter for metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities briefly highlights local planning resources that can help communities implement livability recommendations from the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. To learn more or request printed copies of the highlighted resources, please contact Justine Reisinger ( or 312-386-8802). 

Upcoming toolkit to help municipalities engage, integrate local immigrant communities

In coming months, CMAP will launch a toolkit to support local governments in engaging immigrant communities on issues that are fundamental to improving the region's quality of life and economic prosperity. The toolkit will feature a variety of ways communities have successfully addressed immigrant integration locally through improved health outcomes, economic mobility, and civic participation to create a culture of inclusiveness. CMAP, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and the Latino Policy Forum, which developed the toolkit through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, will launch this resource at a kick-off event for local municipal leaders and service providers in fall 2014. Contact CMAP's Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766) to learn more, and watch for additional details in our Weekly Updates. CMAP hopes to support local governments interested in implementing recommendations from the toolkit through the LTA program via training workshops, stand-alone projects, and updates to existing local plans and studies.

IDNR report highlights significant water loss by Lake Michigan permittees

Aging and leaky infrastructure wastes potable water and taxpayer dollars. The magnitude of the problem is considerable and of particular concern in the Chicago region given the rules that govern use of Lake Michigan water. Through the LTA program, CMAP and the Center for Neighborhood Technology studied water loss control practices and challenges faced by Lake Michigan water suppliers, resulting in a report with recommendations for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) water allocation program. On average over the last several years, 21 percent of permittees have been out of compliance with the current 8 percent water-loss standard set by IDNR. In 2012, over 22 billion gallons of Lake Michigan water, worth between an estimated $64 million and $147 million, were "lost" -- this could have served the residential needs of nearly 700,000 people for one year.

Communities that use Lake Michigan for their drinking water can take advantage of free American Water Works Association training and technical assistance opportunities to improve their water-loss auditing and control. To learn about upcoming opportunities, contact Tim Loftus ( or 312-386-8666). The Illinois Clean Water Initiative can also help local governments update their aging water infrastructure to prevent water loss.

Biennial municipal survey analysis coming this fall

We would like to thank all communities that participated in the 2014 Municipal Plans, Programs, and Operations Survey.  The results inform various CMAP programs and track the progress of GO TO 2040 implementation.  Analysis of survey results will be shared this fall via Policy Updates and this newsletter.

GO TO 2040 plan update public comment period ends August 1

CMAP initiated an update of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan last summer, as required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, which calls for regional plans such as this to be revised every four years. The formal public comment period for the GO TO 2040 plan ends August 1, 2014, and a final public hearing will be held at CMAP's offices (233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL) on Thursday, July 31 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  To RSVP or learn more, contact Jessica Gershman ( or 312-386-8631).  Additionally, interested parties may submit comments on-line.