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June 28, 2019

CMAP Weekly, 6-28-19

CMAP Weekly, 6-28-19

Governor signs capital bill

This morning Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the state's first bill addressing transportation infrastructure investment in more than a decade.

CMAP, along with dozens of partners and stakeholders from across the region and state, extend our gratitude to the many leaders and legislators who worked together to provide this long-term, flexible funding for the state's roads, rails, sidewalks, and trails. We now look forward to working together to make our transportation system safer and more reliable for the people of Illinois.


Executive Director Joseph C. Szabo retires after 40 years in public service

After a career driven by self-described “dual passions for transportation and public service,” Joseph C. Szabo is retiring as of today—and, he said, his 2015-19 tenure as executive director of CMAP completed his professional “round trip.”

“During my career I’ve had the pleasure of serving the public at the local, regional, state, and federal levels,” said Szabo. “Ending my career at CMAP brought all of those experiences full circle for me as we developed and began implementing ON TO 2050—a plan that fulfills state and federal mandates, advances regional priorities, and helps our region’s 284 communities prosper.”

As CMAP’s second executive director, Szabo guided the three-year development of ON TO 2050, northeastern Illinois’ long-range comprehensive plan, adopted on October 10, 2018. The agency engaged more than 100,000 residents in development of the plan, an effort Szabo credits to the entire staff driven by his strong belief in civic participation.

Szabo was celebrated at a retirement party by staff and peers this week, and honored by the CMAP Board at its June meeting. Read more about CMAP's outgoing leader, and join us in thanking him for his decades of public service.



Community planning efforts advance

Last week, the Cook County Department of Planning and Development accepted the Maine-Northfield Unincorporated Area Plan. The plan addresses issues of land use, stormwater, transportation, housing, and community coordination and capacity. As part of a three-year effort, planners engaged hundreds of community residents with events throughout the study area.

On Monday, the Sandwich City Council voted to accept the Sandwich Planning Priorities Report. The report provides context and recommendations for future planning initiatives.

Earlier this month, the McKinley Park Council conducted a visioning session for its neighborhood plan, now being developed in partnership with CMAP. Read more in the Chicago Gazette.

All three plans were supported by the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.



RTA campaign shows we can all agree on transit

This summer the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) of northeastern Illinois is promoting the benefits of our region's transit system and asking others to spread the word on social media using #WeCanAllAgreeonTransit.

“Transit is the great equalizer, bringing people together from all across our region,” RTA Executive Director Leanne Redden said. “Riders on public transportation save time and money, and non-riders benefit because public transportation in our region means fewer cars on the road. This summer, the RTA and its transit agencies will focus on how transit unites us and opens doors to economic opportunity for all.”

RTA asks for public comment period on enhanced mobility projects

RTA will hold a 30-day public comment period on 11 projects proposed as part of the FY2018 and FY2019 Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program of Projects totaling $9,111,584 in federal funding. Additional information and full applications are available for review on the program website. Public comments on these projects may be submitted from Monday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at



Free training course on connected and autonomous vehicles

Intelligent Transportation Society of the Midwest (ITS Midwest) in cooperation with ITS America and the U.S. DOT Professional Capacity Building program are offering a training on connected and autonomous vehicles. The course will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, July 24, at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago). The course is free; however, registration is required, and space is limited. To register, please email the completed form to Abraham Emmanuel,



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, and DuPage will be accepting comments from July 1-15. Details can be found here.




Hospitality Hires Chicago Southland
Prairie State College Conference Center
202 S. Halsted St.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
July 2, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 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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