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August 2, 2019

CMAP Weekly, 8-2-19

CMAP Weekly, 8-2-19

New analysis shows region is attracting, not retaining, working age adults

The share of all residents age 16 and older participating in the workforce is a key indicator of the region’s economic well being. CMAP has been tracking this indicator - also known as the labor force participation rate - and has published a new Policy Update examining how demographic changes in the Chicago region are affecting our workforce.


The analysis shows the region’s workforce is aging and that the region is struggling to retain working age residents. A closer look shows that, even as the region is attracting higher income, white working age residents, it is losing greater numbers of low income and black working age residents -- resulting in an overall decrease in working age adults. Read more in Crain's Chicago Business.




CMAP's FLIP program teaches 43 regional students about urban planning

In July, 43 students from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties participated in CMAP’s Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. FLIP is a leadership development opportunity for northeastern Illinois high school students to learn about urban planning and contribute to a better future for the Chicago region. The weeklong FLIP program included field trips throughout the region, conversations with community leaders, and interactive activities to learn about transportation, site planning, and community engagement. Read a full recap of the week to learn more.



Comment 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. 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: 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 Tueday, 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 McHenry, North Shore, South, and Will councils are inviting comments. Details can be found here.


Property taxes grow in the region, while home values decline

A recent article featured in Crain's Forum on housing and done in partnership with the Better Government Association (BGA) recently discussed that property taxes in some communities have grown more than 30 percent, while the median home values continue to decline, adding to a negative spiral and hardship for homeowners. A BGA analysis of current tax data showed that the south suburbs in Cook County have 18 of the top 20 highest property tax rates, while also having some of the lowest home values. ON TO 2050 suggests developing tax policies that strengthen communities and the region to lessen the disparity in municipal funding.


CREATE program issues RFP for new website

The CREATE Program has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a qualified vendor that will develop, deploy, and support a fully redesigned, modern, advocacy-focused website that meets the needs of multiple external audiences as well as existing internal stakeholders. Proposals are due Thursday, September 12, at 5:00 p.m. A mandatory pre-bid information session is scheduled for Thursday, August 22, at 9:00 a.m. at Cook County Administration Building, 69. W. Washington St., 22nd Floor, Chicago. Read the full RFP here.



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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Summer Bike Tour on Chicago's North Side
Kimball Brown Line Station
4755 N. Kimball Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
August 15, 2019
3:00 to 5:00 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
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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