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April 6, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 4-6-18

Apr 6, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 4-6-18

CMAP meetings
The CMAP Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. next Wednesday, April 11, preceded by the Planning committee at 8:00 a.m. 

Planning in the news

Dr. King and the future of North Lawndale
The Chicago Tribune published a multimedia report on effects from decades of disinvestment since Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The Trib project referenced CMAP’s Land Use Inventory regarding significant amounts of vacant land remaining in areas of Chicago hit hardest by violent protests 50 years ago, including North Lawndale and East Garfield Park. The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Committee, in partnership with the CMAP Local Technical Assistance program, will soon complete a Neighborhood Plan for North North Lawndale. (See details below.)

CMAQ in the news
The Daily Herald reported on a grant received by the City of Elmhurst for the reconstruction of its downtown Metra station, a project that will also be partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement program.

Array of Things podcast
The University of Chicago’s Knowledge Applied podcast discussed the Argonne National Laboratory’s Array of Things project to collect real-time data on the environment, infrastructure, and activity for research and public use.


CMAP happenings

North River Communities open house
CMAP and the North Rivers Commission will host a public open house for the draft North River Communities Neighborhood Plan from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at Roosevelt High School (3435 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago). Guided by more than a year of community input, the plan will build on the area's valuable assets to help strengthen the Albany Park, North Park, Mayfair, North Mayfair, and Ravenswood Manor neighborhoods in the decades ahead.

Future Leaders in Planning
Do you know a high school student who wants to help make the Chicago region a better place? If so, encourage them to apply for CMAP’s Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) 2018 program. The week-long summer program will teach students the basics of urban planning and give them hands-on experience fixing problems the Chicago region faces now and in the future. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 7.

North Lawndale planning event
Join the Neighborhood Plan for North Lawndale effort on Saturday, April 21, at the Third North Lawndale Community Planning Conference from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Lawndale Cinemas Entertainment 10 (3330 W. Roosevelt Rd.). Everyone is welcome to attend, review the draft plan, give feedback, and learn how to take action. Register at or 773-826-1356 by Friday, April 13.


Around the region

Comment on proposed Metra BNSF schedule changes
Metra and BNSF Railway are proposing weekday schedule revisions to begin in summer 2018 as the BNSF line is set to become Metra's first to have a fully operational Positive Train Control safety system. Watch a video that describes why the changes are needed or read more about the changes in the Naperville Sun. Email comments to through April 15.

Illinois Tollway annual report
The Illinois Tollway has published its 2017 annual report, “Realizing the Future,” describing the milestones reached and the foundation being laid for growth yet to come.

Invest in Cook 
Cook County’s 2018 Invest in Cook Call for Projects deadline passed recently, yielding 70 applications seeking over $40 million in grants for the $8.5 million set aside for transportation improvements. Evaluations are underway, and the Cook County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve awards in July.

APA-CMS hosts development workshop
The Chicago Metro Section branch of the American Planning Association will host “Development Rules of Thumb: The Regulations and Realities Every Planner Should Know,” on Tuesday, April 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the City of Naperville’s Council Chambers (400 S. Eagle St., Naperville). Attendees can receive 1.5 CM credits, and the cost is $15, or $5 for students. Learn more about this and other APA-CMS events planned for this year.



APA-IL Illinois Planners Legislative Action Day
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield DoubleTree Hotel
703 E. Adams St.
Springfield, IL 62701
April 10, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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APA-CMS Development Rules of Thumb
City of Naperville Council Chambers
400 S. Eagle St.
Naperville, IL 60540
April 10, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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Work Smart workshop
Center for Neighborhood Technology
17 N. State St., Suite 820
Chicago, IL 60602
April 11, 2018
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Grantwriting workshop
Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy
Triton College, Building R, Room 304
2000 N. 5th Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
April 23 to 24, 2018
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Cook County Policy Roadmap open house
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
April 24, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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Cook County Policy Roadmap open house
Oakton Community College
1600 E. Golf Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
April 25, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 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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