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December 18, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 12-14-18

Dec 18, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 12-14-18

Mayors, CMAP call for sustainable transportation funding

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, suburban mayors represented by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and CMAP together on Tuesday called for a statewide capital bill to pay for critical transportation infrastructure needs. The leaders identified having a sustainable, flexible, and fair source of revenue to pay for long-term transportation investments as critical to the success of the region.
“We are at a crisis point," CMAP executive director Joseph C. Szabo said. "We owe it to the public to make sure we achieve a lasting solution -- one that is sustainable, flexible, and user-based -- to ensure we can invest in the best possible projects and help our communities prosper.”
According to ON TO 2050, metropolitan Chicago faces a $24 billion revenue gap just to operate and maintain the region’s transportation system in its current inadequate condition through 2050. It estimates another $32 billion is needed to improve it. The plan recommendation to fully fund the region’s transportation system includes increasing the state motor fuel tax – which has not been raised since 1990 -- and indexing it to inflation, as well as exploring new and innovative revenue sources, such as a road usage charge.
Learn more about the call for transportation funding from the following coverage: ABC-7 Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times, WGN, Chicago Tonight, and the Chicago Tribune, including a Chicago Sun-Times editorial in support of raising revenues to fund transit.

Tell CMAP how you get around, earn $50

Sign up to take the My Daily Travel survey at 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.

Housing programs help communities support balanced housing mix

ON TO 2050 recommends that communities match regional and local housing supply to what residents want, including implementing strategies that support diverse housing choices for all residents. Since 2002, the Regional Housing Initiative (RHI) has helped develop affordable housing in more than 30 communities around the CMAP region and is now accepting developer applications for 2019. Developers also interested in applying for the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s low-income tax credits should contact Jonathan Burch ( or 312-386-8690) to set up an informational interview by Friday, January 11, 2019, and apply by Friday, February 15, 2019.
Communities are also invited to attend one of three Granny Flat Academy events in January sponsored by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, AARP, CMAP, Orange Splot LLC, and the Village of Bull Valley. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as "granny flats," are when residents add a second unit to their property, often for aging parents. Granny Flat Academy aims to help municipalities, their residents, and their stakeholders learn more about ADUs and how to bring them to their community. Register for one of the three events posted in the Events listings below.

Coastal management grant applications available

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Program is now accepting pre-applications for grant-funded projects to start in fall 2019. The department will award grants to projects that protect, preserve, and restore the natural and cultural resources along the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline. All potential applicants are invited to sign up for a consultation about their project idea before Friday, January 4, 2019, either online, or by contacting Pre-applications are due Friday, January 18.


Granny Flat Academy
Woodstock Public Library
414 W. Judd St.
Woodstock, IL 60098
January 15, 2019
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
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Granny Flat Academy
Northwestern University
Room TBD
Evanston, IL 60208
January 16, 2019
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
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Granny Flat Academy
Lake County Permit Center
500 W. Winchester Rd.
Libertyville, IL 60048
January 17, 2019
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
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Smart Cities International Symposium and Exhibition
Conference Chicago at University Center
525 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
January 22-24, 2019
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Planners toolkit: Meeting facilitation and engagement (APA-CMS)
American Planning Association – Catherine Bauer Conference Room
205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60601
January 25, 2019
8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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Bike Planning Workshop
The Centre of Elgin
100 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL 60120
January 25, 2019
10:00 a.m. to noon
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