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October 31, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 10-26-18

Oct 31, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 10-26-18

ON TO 2050 Resilience: Climate Change

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's new Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5° -- which warns of effects more severe by mid-century than previously projected -- calls for urgent action by policy makers, decision makers, and others. It predicts dire consequences that are not unique to coastal areas, including intense flooding, heat waves, drought, and other changes to natural systems that our region must begin to address now.
The ON TO 2050 comprehensive plan’s three overarching principles are Inclusive Growth, Resilience, and Prioritized Investment, all of which can affect -- and are already being affected by -- a changing climate. Our most vulnerable populations and communities will be disproportionately affected by more intense heat, flooding, and drought. And the region’s infrastructure, already under strain from years of deferred maintenance and lack of capital investment, will be further stressed by climate impacts.
ON TO 2050 encourages local governments and other partners to be proactive about implementing climate mitigation and resilience strategies. The Climate Resilience Strategy Paper and the Climate Adaptation Guidebook for Municipalities in the Chicago Region provide more detailed information about impacts and strategies that local governments can take to prepare their communities. The State of Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act also presents an opportunity for local governments to play a part in moving our region in the right direction on climate change. A recent New York Times article provides a simple guide to how each of us can reduce our individual carbon footprint.
Although local strategies might seem insignificant relative to the global challenge, by taking action as individuals, as communities, and as a region, together we can make a real impact.

Policy Updates

America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018
On Tuesday, October 23, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA 2018) began authorizing programs to improve the nation’s water resources infrastructure. Read a new CMAP Policy Update to learn about the Act's potential impact on northeastern Illinois water resources, and how it could affect implementation of related ON TO 2050 recommendations.

Planning in the news

"Who Pays?" report
The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) released the sixth edition of "Who Pays?," analyzing state and local tax shares of family income to assess tax fairness in each state and how these tax structures affect and often exacerbate income equality. Illinois was ranked number eight in the “Terrible 10,” denoting a highly inequitable state and local tax system. Explore the report data here
Equity in planning
As described in Streetsblog Chicago, the American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter's Diversity Committee hosted a panel last week on "Equity in Planning." Moderated by CMAP's Katanya Raby, the event focused in particular on how transportation planning could be improved to include more diverse viewpoints.

Around the region

CTA President speech
This week, CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. spoke at the City Club of Chicago. WGN Radio has the audio, with video on the Club's website.
 
Smart transportation seminar
The Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and German American Chamber of Commerce will co-host the “Innovation Seminar: Smart Transportation” event on Wednesday, November 7, at 3:30 p.m., at the UIC Student Center East Fort Dearborn B Room (750 S. Halsted St., Chicago). The event will feature speakers from the German technology field and UIC. Registration is now open.
 
Reminder: Household travel survey offer
Sign up to take the My Daily Travel survey at www.mydailytravel.com/cmap or by calling 1-855-981-7286. The survey asks households in northeastern Illinois to report how they get from place to place in our region. The resulting data will help ensure that computer models of traffic flow are accurate so transportation investments can be based on sound analysis. The survey helps our region meet federal requirements and remain eligible for federal transportation funding. Households that complete the survey by May 2019 will receive $50. In addition, school districts that partner with My Daily Travel to promote the survey to their schools’ communities will receive $10 per household that completes the survey. School districts that would like to participate must call the survey hotline (1-855-981-7286) to receive a customized URL, which will enable surveys to be “marked” as benefiting their district.

Events

GreenTown Will County
Joliet Junior College
Renaissance Center
214 N. Ottawa St.
Joliet, IL 60432
October 26, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Bike Walk Every Town
Elmhurst Public Library (Large Meeting Room)
125 S. Prospect Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
October 27, 2018
11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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Lead in Drinking Water: It’s Time to Get the Lead Out
Metropolitan Planning Council offices
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL
October 30, 2018
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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Bensenville public hearing
Bensenville Village Hall
12 S. Center St.
Bensenville, IL 60106
October 30, 2018
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Reducing Water Loss Workshop
Village of Lombard
255 E. Wilson Ave.
Lombard, IL 60148
October 31, 2018
7:30 a.m. to noon
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North Lawndale Neighborhood Plan adoption ceremony
Old Saint Pat’s Church
625 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661
November 1, 2018
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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MPC Folded Map Project event
South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S. South Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60649
November 7, 2018
6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
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EPA WFIA information session
Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
November 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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