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July 22, 2019

CMAP Weekly, 7-19-19

CMAP Weekly, 7-19-19

Public comment on regional transportation investments

ON TO 2050 calls for regional and local transportation improvements that advance the plan’s three principles--Inclusive Growth, Resilience, and Prioritized Investment. Improving mobility options is an important way to spur economic opportunity for low-income communities, people of color, and people with disabilities. Infrastructure investments also must adapt to changes in climate and technology. And limited resources should be focused on maintaining existing infrastructure as the region pursues new revenues for needed enhancements.

To realize these principles and help communities prosper through transportation investments, CMAP is proposing three programs of projects funded by the regional Surface Transportation Program Shared Fund, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, and locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program. CMAP welcomes comments from the public on the proposed projects through Friday, August 16, 2019. The STP Project Selection Committee is also requesting comments on the process used to develop the STP Shared Fund program, including consideration for partially funding projects. Learn more about the projects and how to comment at

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 Monday, September 30, 2019.

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




Implementation Spotlight: Future Energy Enterprises

The ON TO 2050 principle of Inclusive Growth recommends strategies to grow our economy by providing opportunity for all. Throughout the region, residents, organizations, and stakeholders are already working to achieve this goal.

Future Energy Enterprises, a clean energy consulting firm, spearheads the Income Qualified Advisory Committee, which incorporates an inclusive approach to implementation of the Future Energy Jobs Act, passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 2016, by optimizing energy efficiency programs and clean energy opportunities for low-income communities throughout the region. While facilitating dialogue between community groups and utility companies, the committee is working to ensure that no community or consumer is excluded from the benefits of the clean energy transition.

“Expanding access to clean energy opportunities for marginalized communities is a critical but often overlooked component of inclusive growth,” says Theodora Okiro, senior policy analyst at Future Energy Enterprises. “Inclusive growth in the renewable energy sector, or energy equity, means that energy savings and good paying clean energy jobs are accessible to everyone regardless of their income or socioeconomic status.”

The Income Qualified Advisory Committee is currently working on the implementation of the Future Energy Jobs Act, which is supporting energy equity throughout the state of Illinois. To get involved with the committee, please contact

Do you have a story to share about how your organization is helping to further Inclusive Growth and provide opportunity in your community? If so, we'd love to feature it in a future Weekly Update. Please contact Tina Fassett Smith at



Registration now open for CMAP fall event series

Join CMAP this fall for a series of events that will connect local leaders and provide expert advice about how ON TO 2050 can make a difference in your community.

Each event will help you make meaningful connections with other communities and collaborate on some of our region’s toughest issues. A resource fair with opportunities and educational materials from CMAP's local and regional partners will also be available at each event. Registration for all of the events, including the full day ON TO 2050 Symposium, is now open (registration for the symposium costs $30.00 and includes lunch). Check the Small Plans, Big Ideas web page and future Weekly Updates for more information.




CMAP supporting reinvestment in south suburban communities

A recent news article about Chicago's south suburbs noted CMAP's role in planning and policy development that supports reinvestment in this part of our region. The Daily Southtown noted that CMAP has helped numerous communities grapple with the loss of anchor institutions, such as hospitals and schools.



Homes for a Changing Region application period open

The application period for free technical assistance through the Homes for a Changing Region program is now open. Applications for 2019-20 will be accepted on a rolling basis. The program helps municipalities create a balanced mix of housing types and serve the needs of multiple generations of residents and workers, and is a partnership between the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, CMAP, and Metropolitan Planning Council. For more information, contact Kyle Smith of the Caucus at




Heritage to Action Along Chicago's Little Calumet River
Meet at the north end of the Beaubien Woods Forest Preserve, just south of the George Washington Carver Military Academy's athletic field, near 13100 S. Doty Ave.
July 20, 2019
10:00 a.m. to noon
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Increased Rainfall Public Information Meeting
Barrington Village Hall
Board Room
200 S. Hough St.
Barrington, IL 60010
July 24, 2019
10:00 a.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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Greenest Region Compact Framework Workshop
Grayslake Village Hall
10 S. Seymour
Grayslake, IL 60030
August 6, 2019
10:00 a.m. to noon
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Increased Rainfall Public Information Meeting for Lake County
Round Lake High School Theater
800 High School Drive
Round Lake, IL 60073
August 8, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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Harnessing technology for a safer future
Waubonsee Community College - Downtown Campus
18 S. River St.
Aurora, IL 60506
September 17, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Focusing your plan for real results
Joliet Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa St.
Joliet, IL 60432
September 24, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 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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Making it happen -- from plan to project
Greenbelt Cultural Center
1215 Green Bay Rd.
North Chicago, IL 60064
October 1, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Planing for an equitable water future
CalComm Regional 911 Center
12419 S. Ashland Ave.
Calumet Park, IL 60827
October 3, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Benefiting from a changing economy
Centre of Elgin
100 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL 60120
October 8, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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ON TO 2050 Symposium
Conference Chicago at University Center
525 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
October 10, 2019
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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