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September 14, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 9-14-18

Sep 14, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 9-14-18

September Board meeting 

The CMAP Board met on Wednesday, with an agenda focused on reviewing public comments and related changes to the draft ON TO 2050 plan. Staff also presented its 2017-18 Annual Report. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 10, to consider adoption of the plan.

One month to go until the ON TO 2050 launch!

The ON TO 2050 launch event is less than a month away! Register today to join CMAP on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, in Chicago's Millennium Park. The event will be a fantastic networking opportunity featuring a compelling program, including keynote remarks by Clarence Anthony, executive director of the National League of Cities. 

Palos Hills Mayor Gerald Bennett, chairman of CMAP’s Board, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (invited) are slated to discuss implementation opportunities in the city and suburbs. A panel discussion among local leaders will include Dan Cronin, chairman, DuPage County Board; Laurence Msall, president, Civic Federation; Toni Preckwinkle, president, Cook County Board of Commissioners; Raul I. Raymundo, CEO, The Resurrection Project; Leanne Redden, executive director, Regional Transportation Authority; and Melissa Y. Washington, vice president of external affairs, ComEd. 

CMAP happenings

Take the household travel survey
The Daily Herald, NBC Chicago, and WBBM Newsradio covered the My Daily Travel survey, which asks households in northeastern Illinois to report how they get from place to place in our region. The survey helps ensure that computer models of traffic flow are accurate so transportation investments can be based on sound analysis. It is also required by federal regulations, and doing the survey keeps the region eligible for federal transportation funding. Sign up at or by calling 1-855-981-7286 to sign up by phone -- and we encourage Weekly readers to help us spread the word! Households that complete the survey will earn $50.

LTA and Community Planning Call for Projects
The 2018 Call for Projects for the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and RTA Community Planning programs is open, with applications due by Friday, October 26. Applications, a program guide, and an FAQ are available on both the RTA and CMAP websites.

Fox River Corridor Plan feedback
The draft Fox River Corridor Plan, being developed with assistance from the CMAP LTA program, is now available for review. Submit feedback to Kate Evasic ( by Thursday, September 20.

Around the region

Metra board action
On Wednesday, the board of Metra voted not to approve a potential fare increase, which might necessitate service cuts. In an official statement, chairman Norm Carlson said: “We ask our passengers and our elected leaders to join with us to tell our story to members of the state Legislature. That story is very simple: Metra needs a sustained capital program to maintain its existing service levels in the 2020s. Otherwise, drastic changes in service levels may be needed to shrink to a size that existing resources can sustain.” Read more in the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, Daily Herald, and Chicago Transportation Journal.

Cook County Policy Roadmap
Cook County has released its draft Policy Roadmap for public comment, providing a five-year strategic plan for the County offices under the President. Submit comments now through September 28 via email, through the County's website, or by attending one of six public open houses (open house information also available in Spanish) across the county.

Green Team Summit
The Third Annual Green Team Summit will take place Saturday, September 22, convening hundreds of people of diverse faiths for a day of networking about environmental justice. The free event will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago). Register online.

Complete Streets coalition meeting
The Chicagoland Regional Complete Streets Coalition will meet on Thursday, October 5, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago). The meeting will focus on "How to Bring Transportation Funding into Your Community," including a panel discussion with representatives from IDOT, CMAP, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, Active Transportation Alliance, and the private sector. Learn more and register here.

Community resilience guide in Spanish
The Community Resilience Building Workshop Guide is now available in Spanish. This resource provides a flexible "anywhere at any scale" comprehensive approach that gets municipalities, organizations and agencies moving further toward resilience.

Planning in the news

Union Station redevelopment
The firm designated in 2017 as master developer of Union Station and neighboring Amtrak properties has released new designs for the project. See and read more in Crain's, Curbed Chicago, and Real Deal Chicago.


Illinois International Port District RFP public meeting
September 15, 2018
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
11001 S. Doty Ave. East
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September 15, 2018
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Horner Park
2741 W. Montrose Ave.
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Focus Group with Local Businesses
September 19, 2018
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
36Squared Business Incubator
3636 S. Iron St.
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APA-IL state conference
September 26-28, 2018
Wyndham Springfield City Centre
700 E. Adams St.
Springfield, IL 62701
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TMA Lake-Cook meeting
September 28, 2018
8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Baxter Healthcare Auditorium
One Baxter Parkway
Deerfield, IL 60015
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Lawndale 5K
September 29, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
3750 W. Ogden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60623
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2018 Food Summit
October 5-6, 2018
Loyola University Chicago
2160 S. 1st Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153
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ON TO 2050 launch event
October 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. to noon
Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chase Promenade North
Chicago, IL 60602
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