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August 16, 2019

CMAP Weekly, 8-16-19

CMAP Weekly, 8-16-19

Breaking the cycle of disinvestment

Crain's Chicago Business ran an op-ed from CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman this week explaining two steps that could help interrupt the cycle of disinvestment facing too many Chicago area communities: The State of Illinois should re-examine its criteria for disbursing tax revenue to communities, and in Cook County, the property tax classification system should be phased out over several years.


ON TO 2050 recommends both of these reforms to allow struggling communities to once again attract jobs and residents, which in turn will strengthen the economic resilience of the entire region and state. Click here or on the map to the right to examine state revenue disbursement to regional municipalities in 2015.


Join us for 'Harnessing technology for a safer future,' September 17 in Aurora

How can municipalities in the Chicago region best approach technology changes? Hear from our panel about responsibly sharing data and leveraging CMAP's research and innovation services to help communities prosper, improve safety, and bolster inclusive growth.

Our panel of local leaders include Michael Pegues, Chief Information Officer of the City of Aurora, and Mayor Joe Gallo of the City of Rolling Meadows. Register and attend the event from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 17, at Waubonsee Community College - Downtown Campus (18 S. River St., Aurora).

This event is the first in the Small Plans, Big Ideas Forum Series that will connect you with local leaders and provide expert advice about how ON TO 2050 can make a difference in your community.


Grants support bike path improvements

The Governor recently announced $2.6 million in grants from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Bicycle Path Grant Program to support local bike path projects throughout Illinois.The grants will enable land acquisition, path development, and facility improvement in awardee communities, including the CMAP area municipalities of Algonquin, Des Plaines, Glencoe, Glenview, Long Grove, and Palatine. These projects further the ON TO 2050 recommendation to improve transportation equity by investing in public rights of way for pedestrians, cyclists, and people with disabilities


Public comment now open on regional transportation investments

CMAP is proposing three programs of projects funded by the regional Surface Transportation Program (STP) Shared Fund, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, and locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program. Today is the final day for public comments on the proposed projects, as well as 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: ON TO 2050/FFY 2019-24 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment.
The CMAP Transportation Committee recently released the following conformity analysis of ON TO 2050 and the FFY 2019-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity Analysis & TIP Amendment 19-09. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by mail, email, or phone (312-454-0400) through Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

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 City of Chicago, and the McHenry, Northwest, and South councils are inviting comments. Details can be found here.



Metra's "On Track to Success" Vendor Fair
Venue SIX10
610 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
September 4, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 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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GO TO 2040 becomes ON TO 2050:
CMAP's dynamic regional plan, and how it impacts commercial real estate

East Bank Club
500 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60654
September 18, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 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
Gail Borden Public Library
270 N. Grove Ave.
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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