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June 29, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 6-29-18

Jun 29, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 6-29-18

Policy Update on state sales tax collection
On June 21, 2018, a U.S. Supreme Court decision paved the way for modernizing tax collection by state and local governments. South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., et al. overturned a 1992 decision, Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, which found that states could not require retailers without a physical presence in a state to collect sales taxes. A new CMAP Policy Update examines the Wayfair ruling's implications for tax collection and revenues in Illinois and the CMAP region.

ON TO 2050 draft plan

The draft ON TO 2050 plan is now available for public comment through August 14, 2018. In a two-part feature on ABC-7’s Newsviews, CMAP’s Elizabeth Irvin and Liz Schuh highlighted how public input will continue to shape the plan. The program focused on why and how CMAP and the region should plan now for future changes in transportation, such as self-driving cars.  

Visit to explore the draft plan online, download a full PDF, and view technical appendices. Submit feedback via web form, email, phone (312-454-0400), or U.S. mail to Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606. 

Attend an ON TO 2050 open house
While the draft ON TO 2050 plan is available for public comment, please attend one of ten public open houses in a community near you or join us for a public hearing in Chicago. Attendees will be able to discuss the draft plan with CMAP staff. CMAP will also seek comments on the draft 2019-24 Transportation Improvement Program and air quality conformity analysis of proposed transportation projects (see right).

For all open houses and public hearings, please contact or 312-386-8802 with questions or to request accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Public Comment: Draft FFY 2019–2024 Transportation Improvement Program and ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity Analysis
The draft Federal Fiscal Year 2019-24 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) provides an overview of the transportation programming process, the relationship between the TIP and ON TO 2050, financial resources available to implement the TIP, project selection processes, and procedures for amending the TIP. The ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity analysis memo and list of conformity amendments describes how the draft plan and TIP meet air quality conformity requirements. Comments on these documents may be submitted to CMAP by mail, email, or phone (312-454-0400) through August 14, 2018.

CMAP happenings

Final day to complete the 2018 Municipal Survey 
Today is the last chance to complete the 2018 Municipal Survey. Municipalities can respond online at or by downloading the PDF and submitting it via email to CMAP greatly values this biennial opportunity to hear from the region's municipalities, and the response rate so far has been outstanding.

Regional Housing Initiative 
The RHI has helped develop affordable housing in 22 communities around the region and is now accepting developer applications for 2018. Developers who have completed an informational interview are eligible for funds under the Illinois Housing Development Authority's Permanent Supportive Housing Development Program. RHI applications are due to CMAP by Friday, July 20. Contact Drew Williams-Clark (

A boat launch in Summit
CMAP staff met recently with Village of Summit Mayor Sergio Rodriguez and representatives from regional nonprofit and government agencies, discussing plans to redevelop Summit’s closed boat launch as a publicly accessible recreational site. 



Planning in the news

Stone Avenue Metra station improvements
Riders using the Stone Avenue station in La Grange will see improvements in coming months, as the La Grange Village Board approved an agreement with Metra this week to finalize funding for the project. CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program will provide partial funding for this work, which will provide new covered bicycle parking, improved connectivity between local streets and the platform, and updated vehicle parking. Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

Major Taylor mural
As described by the Metropolitan Planning Council, a portion of the Major Taylor Trail in West Pullman is getting a new mural about its namesake, Major Taylor, the champion cyclist and civil rights leader. The project is funded by the Chicago Community Trust's Our Great Rivers program.

Union Station redevelopment
The developers chosen for the long-planned re-make of Chicago’s Union Station this week unveiled their proposal, which includes new restaurants, retail, and office spaces, a 330-room hotel, and 404 residential apartment units. Read more in the Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business.

Around the region

APA-CMS Planning along the Illinois-Indiana border
The American Planning Association (APA) will host a panel discussion on Wednesday, July 11, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Aquatorium in Marquette Park (6918 Oak Ave., Gary, Indiana) on initiatives and projects that are improving sustainability, greenways, and commuter rail in both Illinois and Indiana. Learn more and register here


Living with Water panel discussion
Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603
July 26, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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MPC Roundtable: The Chicago Region’s Transit Future 
Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603
July 31, 2018
Noon to 1:30 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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