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June 28, 2019

CMAP Weekly, 6-21-19

Jun 28, 2019

CMAP Weekly, 6-21-19

Erin Aleman named new CMAP executive director

At its June 19 meeting, the CMAP Board selected Erin Aleman as the agency's next executive director, effective July 15. Aleman will succeed Joseph C. Szabo, who is retiring this month after four years at the helm of CMAP and a 40-year career in public service that also included roles as Mayor of Riverdale and Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration. At the meeting, the Board recognized and thanked Szabo for his service to the agency and the entire region.


Aleman is an accomplished leader with extensive public sector experience implementing transportation and land use policies. She currently serves as vice president of Metro Strategies and previously was director of the Office of Planning and Programming at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Prior to IDOT, Aleman spent eight years at CMAP as a key contributor to the agency's strategic planning and GO TO 2040 initiatives. Read more in the Daily Herald and Crain's.


Other Board meeting highlights

Also at the meeting, the Board also approved the FY 2020 Unified Work Program, as well as CMAP's FY 2020 Budget and Work Plan. The Board also recognized former Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson, who this spring retired as mayor and as a CMAP Board member, a role he has served since CMAP was founded. The full meeting agenda and materials are available on CMAP's website.


New Calumet region events calendar

The Calumet Heritage Partnership and Calumet Collaborative are partnering with the Field Museum to elevate the rich stories of heritage and promote the natural, industrial, and cultural assets of the Calumet region through a new online calendar. Partners are encouraged to submit events that are in accordance with the Heritage Area’s themes and guidelines, and to share the calendar on their own website. Learn more and visit the calendar at


Draft Municipal Directory available

The draft 2019 Municipal Directory is available for edits. Municipalities should check for accuracy. Contact Nicholas Cass with any edits or changes. Please include a name, phone number, and email for any entry you wish to update. Note that for consistency we will release the same unedited draft every week. If you have previously sent an edit, it has been received and will be included in the final directory. We will accept edits through Friday, June 28.


Public comment period on local Surface Transportation Program methodologies

Throughout the summer, the local Councils of Mayors and City of Chicago will be seeking public comment on proposed methodologies for selecting local projects to be funded through the Surface Transportation Program. Each council will adopt a methodology that incorporates performance-based programming and regional planning factors by September 30, 2019.

CMAP and the Councils will publicize each opportunity for public comment. Currently the Southwest and Will councils are inviting comments. Details can be found here.




Fox River Water Trail Open House
Hampton Inn
310 E. Countryside Pkwy.
Yorkville, IL 60560
June 24, 2019
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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A Conversation with Carlo Rotella,
Author of "The World is Always Coming
to an End"

South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S. South Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60649
June 27, 2019
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Fox River Water Trail Open House
McHenry Recreation Center
333 S. Green St.
McHenry, IL 60050
June 28, 2019
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Black and Brown Lives in Green Spaces: Race and Place in Urban America
The DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Pl.
Chicago, IL 60637
July 25, 2019
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
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APA-IL State Conference
Hilton Orrington - Evanston
1710 Orrington Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
September 25-27, 2019
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