Legislative and Policy Statements

Legislative & Policy Statements

The federal and state governments have a key role to play in the implementation of ON TO 2050. Policymakers decide how to allocate billions of dollars annually across a variety of different programs, services, and projects. They also help to define the overall policy environment that influences the decision-making process.

To guide the agency as it works with federal and state partners to implement ON TO 2050, CMAP has articulated federal and state policy positions through the CMAP Legislative Framework. Specifically for federal legislators, the CMAP Board has adopted a legislative agenda, transportation reauthorization principles, and freight policy principles. For state legislators, the CMAP Board has identified a legislative agenda, as well as principles for a new state capital program. Each is described below. See an archive of previous legislative documents.

CMAP Legislative Framework

The CMAP Legislative Framework reflects the agency’s policy priorities based on research developed as part of the ON TO 2050 comprehensive regional plan. The framework is meant to guide CMAP’s response to specific pieces of legislation and inform legislators in Springfield and Washington, D.C., as well as agency partners, the Governor of Illinois, state and federal agencies, and others.

2019 State Agenda

CMAP has prepared a 2019 State Agenda to engage in state-level discussions about key agency priorities and policy issues. This agenda focuses on implementation of ON TO 2050 and will help direct CMAP’s priorities over the course of the state legislative calendar.

2019 Federal Agenda

CMAP has prepared a 2019 Federal Agenda to inform national policy makers about the agency's positions on national policy issues. This agenda focuses on implementation of ON TO 2050 and will help to direct CMAP's priorities over the course of the federal legislative calendar.

State Capital Program Principles and Resources

Illinois requires a long-term funding solution to support infrastructure projects with benefits for livability, mobility, and the economy. In January 2019 the CMAP board approved new principles, recommending that any new state capital program must: (1) be sustainable and adaptable, (2) based on user fees paid by those who gain the most from the system, (3) consider ability to pay, (4) and support performance-based criteria and all modes of travel. Additionally, CMAP has compiled a number of resources on current transportation resources, system needs, and potential revenue solutions.  

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Legislative & Policy Statements: Federal Transportation Reauthorization Principles

Federal Transportation Reauthorization Principles

In June 2014, the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee approved an updated set of transportation reauthorization principles.  The federal government should:

  • Provide sustainable, robust funding for surface transportation, including both highways and transit.
  • Implement performance-based funding.
  • Provide appropriate tools to regions to support the transportation system.
  • Support a robust freight program.
  • Continue to streamline the project review process.

CMAP Federal Transportation Reauthorization Principles

Legislative & Policy Statements : Major Metros Freight Principles

Major Metros Freight Principles

In February 2014, CMAP and other major metro organizations co-signed a letter that calls on the federal government to establish a "Freight Trust Fund" and to integrate metropolitan regions in the freight decision-making process.  More specifically, the letter recommends the following:

  • Integrating metropolitan regions into the freight investment decision-making process.
  • Dedicating a range of funding sources and authorizing a minimum of $2 billion funding per year for freight investments, consistent with proposals from national freight advocacy organizations.
  • Redefining the national freight network to comprise a multimodal transportation system

Major Metros Letter on National Freight Policy

For more information on other freight policy topics, please visit this section of the website.

Legislative & Policy Statements: Bill Tracking

Bill Tracking

Each session of the Illinois General Assembly, the CMAP Board takes formal positions on some bills relevant to the implementation of GO TO 2040.  Information on the bills tracked by CMAP is available under the Board's "Meeting Materials" area.

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October 26, 2018

Congress passes bill to invest in the nation's water resources

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June 28, 2018

Divergences in state revenue disbursements

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June 8, 2018

Major freight projects in northeastern Illinois receive funding

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March 29, 2018

Omnibus bill sets federal spending levels for Fiscal Year 2018

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February 15, 2018

White House Releases Infrastructure Proposal and FY 2019 Budget

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November 28, 2017

Property tax burden in the Chicago region

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November 3, 2017

Strategic, regionally driven economic development in New York

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