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December 7, 2012

CMAP Weekly Update, 12-7-12
 CMAP Weekly Update, 12-7-2012

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, an upcoming Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program call for projects, the regional economic benefits of implementing congestion pricing as described on the Policy Updates blog, news on Local Technical Assistance (LTA) projects in Niles, Round Lake Heights, and Chicago, and a reminder of Energy Impact Illinois (EI2) rebates for residential energy efficiency upgrades. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.




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Reminder.  The CMAP Board will not meet in December. Its next meeting is on January 9, 2013. 

CMAQ Program call for projects.  A Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) call for projects will be released on December 10, 2012.  Local sponsors (municipalities, counties, park districts, forest preserve  districts, etc.) must submit an application to their Council of Mayors planning liaison by January 22, 2013.  The final deadline to submit all applications to CMAP is February 8, 2013.  Visit our main CMAQ page for more details, including two informational workshops for applicants to be held on December 17 and 18.  Local sponsors should direct questions to their planning liaison, and all other sponsors should contact Doug Ferguson (

Congestion pricing campaign.  Implementation of congestion pricing would have regional economic benefits, as described on our Policy Updates blog.  CMAP estimates that five GO TO 2040-recommended congestion pricing projects would create $94 billion of increased business output -- defined as final sales by industry -- in constant dollars between 2016 and 2040.  Nearly 40,000 new jobs would result, with total increased wage income of some $2.3 billion within a decade after the expressways open. Learn more at To support this effort, please contact CMAP principal planner Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or  Our campaign was mentioned this week at GRID Chicago and Price Roads, as well as in a CMAP letter to the Southtown Star.

Policy Updates.  We summarized current legislation in Springfield following this week's end of the fall veto session.  Our recent Policy Updates blog on the fiscal cliff and transportation spending was reposted on the Sustainable Cities Collective blog


Other News and Announcements 

LTA updates.  Patch covered this week's open house for development of the Village of Niles' Environmental Action Plan.  The Round Lake Area News described this week's public meeting for creation of a comprehensive plan for the Village of Round Lake Heights.  Medill Reports Chicago highlighted the Green Healthy Neighborhoods land use plan under development for the neighborhoods of Englewood, Woodlawn, and Washington Park.  The City of Chicago, LISC/Chicago, Teamwork Englewood, and Washington Park Consortium are partners on this project.  All three projects are underway through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program

Housing forum.  The Regional Home Ownership Preservation Initiative, the Home Ownership Preservation Initiative, and CMAP's Housing Committee will host a forum for municipalities and investors, "Single-Family Rental Housing:  Managing the Next Step of the Foreclosure Crisis," on January 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Katie Buitrago ( or 312-368-0310). 

Pensions.  The new Reboot Illinois site is reporting daily on government in our state.  This week, in contrast to the alarming State of Illinois fiscal situation, a guest editorial by the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) describes how it has maintained stable funding for its members' pensions.

Grants for school gardens and health.  Applications are due this month for two programs that support communities' school gardens and health initiatives.   The Annie's Homegrown food company's "Grants for Gardens" deadline is December 15, and Nickelodeon's "Big Help Grant Program" is December 31. 

RTA/ATA campaign.  The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and Active Transportation Alliance (ATA) launched a new campaign, "Drive Less, Live More," to reduce congestion and improve air quality by creating incentives for travel alternatives to single-occupancy vehicle trips.  Read more in the Chicago Tribune and CMAP's Soles and Spokes blog.

TedX video.  My talk at DePaul's TedX event on October 13 is now on YouTube

Government incentives. This week the New York Times had a three-part series on the national issue of tax breaks and incentives for businesses.  Take a look at how Illinois stacks up to other states.

CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes.  CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured a Diabetes Care article, which examines the connection between neighborhood walkability and incidence of diabetes among neighborhood residents.  We also highlighted the completion of safety improvements at an at-grade crossing of the Illinois Prairie Path over the Canadian National Railroad in DuPage County.


EI2 rebates.  Energy Impact Illinois (EI2) is offering rebates up to $1,750 (an estimated 70-percent cost savings) for upgrades you can make to improve the comfort of your home.  For more information, contact Emily Plagman at  To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT. 

IDOT survey ends December 15.  IDOT is conducting a public survey regarding the potential for a managed lane in each direction on the I-55 Stevenson between I-355 and I-90/I-94.  CMAP is encouraging IDOT to make congestion pricing an integral part of its design and engineering for additional lanes on I-55 and on the I-290 Eisenhower.

Due next week:  Green infrastructure proposals.  The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced a third round of Illinois Green Infrastructure Grants (IGIG) for stormwater management.  Applications are due December 14, 2012.

ArcView workshops.  CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day Basic ArcView 10 Workshop, and dates are set for January 9 to 10, February 13 to 14, and March 27 to 28.  Attendance at each workshop is limited to five people, so register early.  The cost is $350.  To register, please contact Jan Drennan (



The Future of Interjurisdictional Collaboration roundtable
December 13, 2012
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
140 S. Dearborn Street, Suite 1400, Chicago
Hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council
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