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October 1, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 9-28-18

Oct 1, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 9-28-18

ON TO 2050 launch event

Less than two weeks until ON TO 2050 launch!
Registration has now closed, and CMAP anticipates a full house on Wednesday, October 10, for the ON TO 2050 launch event. For this standing room only event at Millennium Park in Chicago, a slate of speakers -- featuring a keynote by Clarence E. Anthony, National League of Cities CEO and executive director -- will discuss key recommendations of the plan, implementation strategies already underway, and near-term opportunities to put ON TO 2050 in action.

CMAP happenings

Call for local planning projects
The 2018 Call for Projects from the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and Regional Transportation Authority (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.
CMAP will host a series of workshops for elected municipal officials and staff to discuss the call for projects and local implementation of ON TO 2050. See the Events section below for dates and locations, and visit for more.
Fox River Corridor Plan public presentation
CMAP will present the draft Fox River Corridor Plan during the McHenry County Planning, Environment & Development public meeting on Tuesday, October 2 at 8:30 a.m. at the McHenry County Government Center (County Board Conference Room, Administration Building, 667 Ware Rd., Woodstock). This planning effort is supported by CMAP’s LTA program.
Take the household travel survey
The My Daily Travel survey asks households in northeastern Illinois to report how they get from place to place in our region. The resulting data will help ensure that computer models of traffic flow are accurate so transportation investments can be based on sound analysis. The survey helps our region meet federal requirements and remain 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.

Planning in the news

Bluetooth beacons for mobility
As described in Government Technology magazine, the Chicago Department of Transportation is partnering with Waze and SpotHero to install Bluetooth beacons that will help drivers navigate underground roadways.


IDOT wins national award
The Illinois Department of Transportation has received the 2018 Grand Prize from America’s Transportation Awards, the highest honor for state transportation departments. The Special Olympics is the beneficiary of this $10,000 prize, which IDOT won for the I-55-Lake Shore Drive interchange and its temporary bridge that accommodated inbound I-55 traffic, avoiding drastic delays, extended closures, and difficult detours during the street’s reconstruction.


North Park community events
The City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development will host three family-friendly, outdoor placemaking events in the North Park community to engage residents in a market study: Sunday, September 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at North Park Community Market (5510 N. Christiana Ave.); Friday, October 5, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at North Park University Parking Lot (3202 W. Foster Ave.); and Saturday, October 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Outdoor Café (3257 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.).

Around the region

Thorn Creek Watershed draft report
The Thorn Creek Watershed TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Draft Stage 3 Report is now available for comment. A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 11, at 10:00 a.m., at the Park Forest Village Hall (350 Victory Dr., Park Forest). The draft report and public meeting notice are posted on the Illinois EPA website


MPC roundtable
The Metropolitan Planning Council will host “Lead in Drinking Water: It’s Time to Get the Lead Out,” a roundtable about how to address the public health risks of lead in drinking water. The event will be held Tuesday, October 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at MPC offices (140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400, Chicago). Register online.


Des Plaines comprehensive plan open house
To facilitate residents' input, the City of Des Plaines will hold a Comprehensive Plan Open House on Thursday, October 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Des Plaines City Hall (1420 Miner St., Des Plaines). Visit the project web page for updates about the plan, which was developed with CMAP LTA program support.

Careers at CMAP

CMAP has posted the following job opportunities:
If interested, please apply here.


Lawndale 5K
3750 W. Ogden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60623
September 29, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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LTA workshop
South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association (SSMMA)
1904 174th St.
Hazel Crest, IL 60429
October 1, 2018
11:00 a.m. to noon
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LTA workshop
Gurnee Village Hall
325 O'Plaine Rd.
Gurnee, IL 60031
October 2, 2018
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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Complete Streets coalition meeting
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606
October 4, 2018
10:00 a.m. to noon
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2018 Food Summit
Loyola University Chicago
2160 S. 1st Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153
October 5-6, 2018
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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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APA-IL & WTS Equity in Planning panel
University of Illinois Chicago, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
412 S. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60607
October 18, 2018
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
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Calumet Heritage Conference
Lost Marsh Golf Course
1001 129th St.
Hammond, IN 46320
October 20, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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