Travel Tracker Survey

Travel Tracker Survey.  CMAP has launched this year-long effort to assess residents' travel habits and transportation needs.  It is the the region's first large-scale travel survey since the early 1990s.  See the CMAP press release.

Regional Water-Supply Planning Group.  CMAP has formed the new RWSPG, which is charged with making recommendations on water resource policies and plans. See the CMAP Water Supply home page for details of this three-year initiative. 

RTP Update.  The 2030 Regional Transportation Plan update is available (7.3MB PDF).

Jobs.  CMAP is seeking applications for several positions.
- Assistant Community Planner
- Environmental Planner
- IT Intern
- Planning Interns
- Research Interns
- Senior Engineer

CMAP strategic report.  In September 2006, the CMAP Board reported to Governor Blagojevich and the General Assembly on the agency's vision, governance, and funding.  Click here to download the full report (500KB PDF) or the executive summary (100KB PDF). Also see the CMAP press release.

Regional Snapshot.  CMAP has published the first in its snapshot series that summarizes some of the primary challenges facing northeastern Illinois. The report includes data and analysis that describe where the region stands regarding population, the economy, land use, natural resources, transportation and housing.

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Innovation + Integration Summit:  Regional Implications of Climate Change

On December 11, 2007, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, CMAP will host the second in a series of Innovation + Integration summits. In developing the 2040 Regional Comprehensive Plan -- due for completion in 2010 -- CMAP is beginning a dialogue on the development of a regional agenda for addressing impacts of climate change.  One of the nation's first such efforts to take a regional approach, the summit will feature distinguished speakers assessing the risks and opportunities in terms of our energy future, human and natural resource health, infrastructure, commerce, and land-use and transportation planning.  The event is designed for policy makers and advocates across the following areas: municipal, county and regional representation, land-use and transportation, economic development, health and human services, natural resources, developers, business and civic organizations, faith-based organizations, CMAP board committees.  Please watch the summit web page for updates.  For more information, call 312.386.8704 or email [email protected].

Congestion numbers show need to improve entire regional transportation network

In a press release and accompanying fact sheet, CMAP planners and partners say northeastern Illinois has a growing "menu" of tools to improve mobility for residents, businesses and visitors across the rapidly growing region.  New highway congestion numbers from the Texas Transportation Institute show the pressing need for improvements to the entire regional transportation network.  "We have to address the whole transportation system, not just the roads," said CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn. "Although the region clearly needs strategic capacity improvements, northeastern Illinois can't build its way out of congestion. We need to find innovative solutions that maximize the benefit of existing infrastructure, including rail, buses, and all other forms of local travel. Giving people more transportation options can help keep the economy strong and improve our quality of life."  Click here for audio (4MB MP3) of Randy's related interview with WGN radio.

Support for capital program and mass transit

Gerald Bennett, chairman of the CMAP Board, has sent a letter to the editors (110KB PDF) of newspapers across the region, again calling attention to the need for a new state capital program.  The CMAP Board recently passed a resolution (92KB PDF) calling on Governor Blagojevich and the General Assembly to pass a capital program in which transit is sufficiently funded at the level identified in the RTA's Moving Beyond Congestion plan. It is extremely important that the state's leaders take this opportunity to make substantial infrastructure investments that are required to protect our prosperity and livability. Earlier, Chairman Bennett and the chairmen of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties jointly signed a letter to Governor Blagojevich calling for a new program of capital investment in Illinois roads, transit, and other badly needed infrastructure. 

Update regarding Senate Bill 1201

After having passed in both houses of the Illinois General Assembly, Senate Bill 1201 was returned with an amendatory veto on August 28 by Governor Blagojevich. For the bill to become law, the General Assembly must either override the veto or concur with the Governor's action. We will be working with our legislative sponsors and partner organizations to determine the next steps to get the bill enacted into law. This legislation will provide necessary support for comprehensive planning in metropolitan and rural areas throughout Illinois, creating a Comprehensive Regional Planning Fund with a $5 million annual appropriation from the General Revenue Fund. These funds will be disbursed to metropolitan and rural areas across the state to help regions plan for more effective investment and development decisions.

Give us your best shot!  Enter the CMAP Images of Northeastern Illinois photo contest

CMAP is asking residents of Cook, DuPage, Will, Kane, McHenry, Lake, and Kendall counties to use their cameras to capture what they value about the region. Submissions to the Images of Northeastern Illinois photo contest could be showcased in CMAP's plans and website.  Click here for details or contact Amy Talbot at 312-386-8646).

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