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May 17, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-17-19

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-17-19

Remembering Steven Lazzara

CMAP would like to extend its condolences to the friends and family of Steven Lazzara, Will County land use planner and a longtime partner of the agency. Over the years Lazzara represented Will County's interests at CMAP by attending meetings of the Land Use Committee, Freight Committee, and others. A memorial visitation will be held from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 19, at Thornridge Funeral Home (15801 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Dolton).


Implementation spotlight: Mano a Mano

The ON TO 2050 principle of Inclusive Growth recommends strategies to grow our economy by providing opportunity for all. Throughout the region, residents, organizations, and stakeholders are already working to achieve this goal.

The Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, a nonprofit organization in Lake County, serves more than 4,500 people each year with a mission to empower immigrant families to become full participants in their communities and access opportunities for success. “Mano a Mano’s programs foster inclusive growth by supporting healthy and economically sustainable families through immigration processes, accessing healthcare, skill building for a more competitive local workforce, and preparing our youngest community members to enter school ready to succeed,” said Megan McKenna, director of strategy and development. "Supporting immigrants across the Chicago region is essential to achieving inclusive growth in our region."

Read more about international immigration and demographic trends in a recent CMAP Policy Update.

If your organization is working to further inclusive growth and would like to be featured in a future Weekly Update, please contact Tina Fassett Smith ( or 312-386-8786).


FLIP 2019 applications due on Monday

In 2050, James Isaac Paschky, Jeromel DelaRosa Lara, and J’Khayla Johnson will be approaching middle age. James wants to be a sustainable farmer, bringing healthy food to his community and caring for the land around him. Jeromel wants to be a lawmaker, changing policies for people who need a voice. J’Khayla wants to be a journalist and a civil rights activist like her great-grandfather was in the 1960s.

The three are just teenagers today, but they are the future of the Chicago region. Despite their different upbringings, they met during CMAP’s summer Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program that demonstrates to teenagers how urban planning and civic engagement can make a difference. Meeting one another helped them realize how large and diverse the Chicago region is and how important it is to plan for a brighter future for everyone. “I learned that there are more people who care about what is happening to our world than I ever thought,” James said.

Read more about these teens' experiences and hopes for the future in ON TO 2050. Encourage a high school student you know to apply for the 2019 FLIP program by Monday, May 20. The 2019 program will take place at CMAP's offices in Chicago and include hands-on educational field trips around the region. Students must be available Monday, July 15, through Saturday, July 20. Learn more and apply for the program online.


Public comment opportunities

Public Participation Plan

In accordance with federal guidance, CMAP has drafted a plan for a meaningful, proactive public involvement process to provide complete and timely information to regional stakeholders. The draft Public Participation Plan is available on CMAP's website for review and comment by Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The website includes details on how to comment by email, phone, and mail.

We welcome your comments. The final version of the Public Participation Plan, reflecting the comments received, will be brought to the CMAP Board for approval at its June 19, 2019, meeting.

Local methods for selecting Surface Transportation Program projects

Throughout the summer, the local Councils of Mayors and City of Chicago will be seeking public comment on proposed methodologies for selecting local projects to be funded through the Surface Transportation Program. Each council will adopt a methodology that incorporates performance-based programming and regional planning factors by September 30, 2019.

CMAP and the Councils will publicize each opportunity for public comment. Currently the Lake, Kane/Kendall, and Will councils are inviting comments. Details can be found here.


Job openings at CMAP

CMAP is now hiring for multiple positions within its finance and administration department. Visit the agency's Careers page to learn more and apply.


What Works Cities training sessions

The City of Evanston will host two data training sessions delivered by the GovEx Academy from Johns Hopkins University. Both held on Tuesday, June 11, these free trainings are open to local government staff and partners in Evanston and surrounding communities. Register for Exploring Performance Measures from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and Data Storytelling from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center Parasol Room (2100 Ridge Ave., Room 4900, Evanston). Register online using WWCPopUp2019 as an access code.



The Importance of (Good) Planning
Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603
May 21, 2019
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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Route 83 Corridor Plan Open House
Bensenville Village Hall
12 S. Center St.
Bensenville, IL 60106
May 23, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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Bedford Park Last Mile Mobility Demo Day
Holiday Inn Chicago - Midway Airport
6624 S. Cicero Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638
May 23, 2019
Noon to 8:00 p.m.
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RainReady Community Meeting - North Chicago
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Centennial Room
3333 Green Bay Rd.
North Chicago, IL 60064
May 29, 2019
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
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