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August 31, 2018

CMAP Weekly, 8-31-18

Aug 31, 2018

CMAP Weekly, 8-31-18

Updated program for the ON TO 2050 launch event

The ON TO 2050 launch event on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, in Chicago’s Millennium Park, will feature an exciting program and great networking. Don’t miss out -- register today!

The program will feature keynote speaker Clarence Anthony, executive director of the National League of Cities; Palos Hills Mayor Gerald Bennett and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (invited); a panel discussion moderated by ABC7 Chicago’s Judy Hsu, with Dan Cronin, chairman, DuPage County Board; Laurence Msall, president, Civic Federation; Toni Preckwinkle, president, Cook County Board of Commissioners; Raul I. Raymundo, CEO, The Resurrection Project; Leanne Redden, executive director, Regional Transportation Authority; and Melissa Y. Washington, vice president of external affairs, ComEd; and special guests John Hatcher, Jr., a student at Marian Catholic High School, and the Lindblom Math and Science Academy A Cappella Choir.


Household travel survey is open

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is conducting the My Daily Travel survey, asking households in northeastern Illinois to tell us how they get from place to place in our region. Your household can participate in the survey by signing up at -- and we encourage Weekly Update readers to help us spread the word. By providing accurate information about your daily travel, you will help ensure that funding to maintain roads, bridges, and transit is spent where it is needed most. Households that complete the survey will earn $50. Learn more and sign up today!

CMAP happenings

LTA and Community Planning Call for Projects

The 2018 Call for Projects for the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and RTA Community Planning programs opens on Thursday, September 6, with applications due by October 26. Information will be available soon at An informational open house will be held on Tuesday, September 11, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite #800). To attend, RSVP to Tony Manno ( by Monday, September 10.

Planning in the news

FRA awards positive train control awards

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently awarded grants totaling $204 million to support 28 positive train control (PTC) deployment projects in 15 states. Funding recipients in the region include the PTC Deployment and Interoperability Testing Project, Northern Illinois PTC Project, Fiber Optic PTC Communication Systems on Metra’s Rock Island and SouthWest Service, Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad PTC Implementation Project, and Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District PTC Implementation. Read more in the Beverly Review.


Clean air proposal

The Chicago Tribune described a proposal from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency that would increase funding for school bus projects, on-road vehicle projects, charging stations, and public transit as part of a settlement with Volkswagen.

Around the region

Water forum in McHenry County

McHenry County will hold its annual Water Forum to explore strategies to ensure that clean and sustainable water resources are available into the future. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the McHenry County College Auditorium (8900 US-14, Crystal Lake). CMAP’s Kate Evasic will present the draft Fox River Corridor Plan, which identifies strategies to protect natural areas, expand recreational amenities and access, and stimulate the local economy. Register today.


Design symposium for inland water territories

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host an interdisciplinary design symposium from September 13-15 that will address a range of water issues across inland North America. Hear from ecological planners, environmental writers, and expert-moderated panels. Registration is free.


APA-IL poverty simulation workshop

The American Planning Association IL Chapter will host the Community Action Poverty Simulation on Thursday, September 27, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre (700 E. Adams St., Springfield). This workshop is held as part of the APA-IL state conference and can be attended as a standalone event. Registration is open until September 6.


Export assistance programs

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications of interest for their export assistance programs, which provide financial, networking, and training support, through Sunday, September 30.

UIC Urban Forum

The 2018 UIC Urban Forum -- "The People’s Money: Pensions, Debt and Government Services" -- will be held 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, at the UIC Student Center East, (750 S. Halsted St.). Register online.


Garfield Park's Light in the Night

3156 W. Lake St.

Chicago, IL 60624

September 1, 2018

6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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Tri-County Access Project Public Open House

Concorde Banquets

20922 N. Rand Rd.

Kildeer, IL 60047

September 6, 2018

4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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APA-CMA creative community engagement

Location TBD

September 10, 2018

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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CREW Chicago fall economic forum

East Bank Club

500 N. Kingsbury St.

Chicago, IL 60654

September 12, 2018

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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APA-IL state conference

Wyndham Springfield City Centre

700 E. Adams St.

Springfield, IL 62701

September 26-28, 2018

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TMA Lake-Cook meeting

Baxter Healthcare Auditorium

One Baxter Parkway

Deerfield, IL 60015

September 28, 2018

8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

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Lawndale 5K

3750 W. Ogden Ave.

Chicago, IL 60623

September 29, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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ON TO 2050 launch event

Millennium Park

201 E. Randolph St.

Chase Promenade North

Chicago, IL 60602

October 10, 2018

10:00 a.m. to noon

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