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 final draft of the 2030 Regional Transportation Plan update is available, along with public comments that were submitted.

Jobs.  CMAP is seeking applications for several positions.
- Environmental Engineer
  (revised June 15, 2007)
- Environmental Planner
- Outreach Assistant
- Planning Interns
- Regional Planner
  (Community)
- Regional Planner (Physical)

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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Crunch time for the proposed capital program

Gerald Bennett, chairman of the CMAP Board, has sent a new 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. 
 

Support Senate Bill 1201 for comprehensive regional planning in Illinois

Senate Bill 1201 has passed in both houses of the Illinois General Assembly.  The bill provides badly needed support for comprehensive planning in metropolitan and rural areas throughout Illinois. It will create 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.  SB1201 now awaits the Governor's signature.  Click here for information about how you can help.
 

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).
 

IDOT Fall Planning Conference

Don't forget this year's Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Fall Planning Conference, which will be held September 13-14 at the Clock Tower Resort in Rockford. The invited keynote speaker is Rodney Slater, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Conference topics include future strategies of MPOs, best practices in planning, linking land use and transportation, and updates on the Illinois Tomorrow and Safe Routes to Schools programs. See the IDOT conference brochure for more information. The contact is Betsy Tracy, 217-785-2368.
 

"GreenTown" event in Oak Park

"GreenTown: The Future of Community" is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19.  This one-day conference is designed to help decision makers work together toward an eco-effective community. Attendees will include mayors and other elected officials, public works directors, park district directors, planners, developers, architects, builders, and others "interested in seeing how a community can become greener." The location is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street in Oak Park. See http://www.greentownconference.com/ for registration details.
 

Public comments sought on proposed FY08 CMAQ program

CMAP welcomes your comments on the proposed FY 2008 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program. This 30-day public review will continue through 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28. The proposed program consists of transit, bicycle/pedestrian and traffic flow improvement projects to reduce vehicle emissions and traffic congestion, as well as innovative projects designed to meet air quality and congestion goals.
 

Poplar Creek watershed plan

Through a partnership with the Poplar Creek Watershed Coalition, CMAP has published a plan for the watershed, which is situated primarily in northwestern Cook County, Illinois, with a small portion in northeastern Kane County. Poplar Creek has two designated uses -- aquatic life and primary contact recreation -- and the IEPA considers both to be in nonsupport, meaning Poplar Creek is "impaired" due to various pollutants. Click here to download the plan (8MB PDF).  See also the CMAP report Guidance for Developing Watershed Action Plans in Illinois (4MB PDF), which is useful to anyone interested in starting or participating in a locally-led watershed planning initiative.
 

See "An Inconvenient Truth" in Grant Park

The nonprofit Illinois Science Council and the Chicago Department of Environment will present a free outdoor screening of the film “An Inconvenient Truth” in Grant Park on Wednesday, August 22, 2007.  The film has won numerous awards, including the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary.  Sponsors of this public showing include the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  For more details, click here.
 

 

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