CMAP News and Related Materials
CMAP 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. The contest will have five themes, with two winners for each theme and one overall winner. The themes are Diversity (people, places, culture), Community Vitality (transportation, livable communities, retail, neighborhood pride), Natural Environment (lakes, rivers, preserves, parks, sky, wildlife), Global Appeal (business centers, commerce, production, movement of goods, finance), and Architecture/Urban Design (plazas, buildings, neighborhoods, boulevards). Photos should be submitted by November 15, 2007. For details,
click the link above or contact Amy Talbot at 312-386-8646).
conference. "GreenTown: The Future of Community" is
scheduled for Wednesday, September 19, 2007. 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.
(August 7, 2007)
IDOT Fall Planning Conference. The Illinois
Department of Transportation (IDOT) Fall Planning Conference will be
held September 13-14, 2007 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 for more information. The contact
is Betsy Tracy, 217-785-2368.
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. See also the CMAP report
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.
(July 20, 2007)
review process. Effective July 1, 2007, the Chicago
Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) assumed NIPC's former
responsibility for the Facilities Planning Area (FPA) process, which
includes reviewing requested changes to the State of Illinois Water
Quality Management Plan required under the federal Clean Water Act.
(July 1, 2007)
Regional Map of Metropolitan Chicago.
CMAP has published the region's first base map in over 20 years. The
agency developed this map as a resource for planners and local
officials. If you work for a municipality, please contact your local
council of government, which is helping to hand out the maps to
their members. If demand is sufficient, CMAP may print additional
copies that would be available to other groups for a fee. To express
send us an email.
(June 20, 2007)
Watershed Planning Guide. The CMAP
Developing Watershed Action Plans in Illinois (4MB PDF) is useful to anyone interested in starting a
locally-led watershed planning initiative or
in strengthening an existing plan. This summer, CMAP is
workshops about the guide for planning novices and experienced
practitioners alike. The first was held Thursday, June 28,
in the CMAP offices at Sears Tower. And the second was on Thursday, July 12,
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at
University of Illinois Extension,
2501 N. 8th Street,
(Illinois State Fairgrounds), Springfield.
Click here for more information.
(June 15, 2007)
"Leave No Child Inside." Chicago Wilderness
has begun "Leave No Child Inside," a multi-year initiative to get
kids out of the house and away from computers or TV. CW hosted a
kick-off celebration at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2007 in Jackson
Park. The program's goal is to
promote children's health and foster new generations who care enough
for nature to protect it. The event will have fun children's
activities, including close-up animal encounters, a nature scavenger
hunt and more.
(June 1, 2007)
Letter to the Governor.
Gerald Bennett, chairman
of the CMAP Board, 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. In addition to Mayor Bennett, the letter's
signers are John Church, Kendall County Board chairman;
Kenneth D. Koehler, McHenry County Board chairman; Karen McConnaughay, Kane County Board chairman; Robert J. Schillerstrom, County Board chairman; Suzi Schmidt, Lake County Board
Todd Stroger, Cook County Board president; and
Lawrence M. Walsh, Will County chief executive. The CMAP Board
articulated its position on the necessity of a new capital
program for the State of Illinois.
Click here to see a statement by the Transportation for Illinois
Coalition regarding the letter to Governor Blagojevich.
(May 2, 2007)
Press Release. In testimony
18 at the
National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study
Commission hearing in Chicago, CMAP Executive director Randy Blankenhorn
called for the U.S. government to give regional planning agencies
the authority and resources to address the needs of major
metropolitan areas. He pointed out the threat to the nation's
economy posed by over-burdened roads and transit in the 12 largest
metropolitan regions, which make up one-third of the U.S. gross
domestic product. Read more in Randy's written testimony.
(April 18, 2007)
Press Release. New data
from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the population of the
metropolitan Chicago region grew 4.5 percent between 2000 and 2006.
The region added an estimated 407,133 residents over that period,
putting the total population at 9,505,748 people as of 2006.
Northeastern Illinois must carefully address the increased
population and its implications for transportation, land use, the
environment, housing, and the economy.
(April 4, 2007)
Press Release. Montgomery mayor Marilyn Michelini will represent northeastern Illinois on the board of the
National Association of Regional Councils, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. NARC
is a leading advocate for regional organizations and solutions that
positively impact American communities -- large and small, urban and
rural. Mayor Michelini has been appointed as an at-large
representative on the board of the National Association of Regional
(March 28, 2007)
Members have been named for the Regional Water Supply Planning Group
(RWSPG), which CMAP has organized a new planning group to study
water supplies in an 11-county region of northeastern Illinois,
where potential water shortages are projected in coming years.
(March 23, 2007)
Press Release. CMAP Board chairman
Gerald Bennett was a featured speaker at a news conference
hosted by the Transportation for Illinois Coalition (TFIC)
on Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at the Thompson Center in Chicago. The event
called attention to the region's desperate need for funding of
roads and transit infrastructure. CMAP
strongly supports a new program of capital investment for the
State of Illinois. Other speakers included Batavia mayor Jeff Schielke (chair of the Council of Mayors), DuPage County board
chairman Robert Schillerstrom, and Lake County board chairman Suzi
(March 20, 2007)
At CMAP's summit on February 6 at the University of Illinois at
Chicago, a capacity crowd of more than 250 attendees participated in
a lively give-and-take with national and local experts on the
relationships of jobs, housing, and transportation planning.
During his summit keynote address titled "Integrated Planning for a
Global City," Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago president Michael
Moskow said, "If Chicago is to continue to stand out as one of the
nation’s leading cities and continue to expand its global role, it
must function efficiently in its internal circulation of ideas,
goods and -- the hallmark of great cities -- people."
The summit also saw CMAP officially debut its Regional Snapshot,
which summarizes some of the primary challenges facing
northeastern Illinois. CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn
gave a presentation summarizing the report, which includes data and
analysis that describe where the region stands regarding population,
the economy, land use, natural resources, transportation and
(February 6, 2007)
Illinois Issues guest column. CMAP contributed
a guest column to the February 2007 edition of Illinois Issues
magazine. In it, executive director Randy Blankenhorn asserts,
"Good planning without implementation is better than no planning at
all — but not much."
(February 5, 2007)
Press Release. CMAP
has launched Travel Tracker, a year-long survey of the region's
residents to learn about travel habits and transportation needs.
Because the last large-scale travel survey was conducted in the
early 1990s, Travel Tracker results are eagerly anticipated by many
of the region’s planning and transportation agencies, as well as
university researchers seeking solutions to pressing transportation
http://www.chicagoareaplanning.org/travelsurvey/ for more
(January 18, 2007)
Press Release. With
a new MacArthur Foundation grant of $600,000, the Chicago
Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will expand its Full Circle
community mapping and planning efforts. The project develops
wireless web tools to help communities identify how land parcels are
being used, and how they could be used more effectively through a
coordinated local planning strategy.
(December 13, 2006)
CMAP hosted an open forum
on November 17, 2006, in Oak Brook to launch a three-year regional
initiative to study water supply in Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage,
Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.
That event represented a critical first step toward creating a new
Regional Water Supply Planning Group (RWSPG), which will be charged
with making recommendations on water resource policies and plans.
(November 16, 2006)
Testimony. The House Mass Transit Committee held a
subject-matter hearing on Thursday, November 16 at the State Capitol
in Springfield. Topics included the Regional Transportation
Authority and an update on CMAP by executive director Randy
(November 16, 2006)
CMAP published its first newsletter, which was mailed to several
thousand stakeholders and agency partners across the region.
It features stories on the CMAP Board's strategic report, the
regional water-supply planning initiative, and the broad impacts of
rising housing costs.
(November 2, 2006)
Speech. Randy Blankenhorn spoke as part of the American Planning Association's monthly lecture
series. The talk is an
overview of CMAP and the merger of CATS and NIPC.
(November 7, 2006)
Press Release. The
percent of income spent on housing by residents of metropolitan
Chicago continues to rise, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's
American Community Survey. CMAP staff note that the region's
renters tend to spend a higher percentage of income on housing than
(October 2, 2006)
Speech. CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn
gave the keynote address at the Transportation for Illinois
Coalition's annual meeting. (See his prepared remarks in our Talks
and Testimony section.) He called for a new approach to convince the
public and decision makers of the urgent need for a capital program
(September 20, 2006)
Press Release. The CMAP Board's strategic report on
vision, governance, and funding has been submitted to Governor
Blagojevich and the General Assembly. Click here to download the
full report (500KB PDF) or the
executive summary (100KB PDF).
(September 1, 2006)
Media Advisory. CMAP hosted an economic and community development summit, “Working
Together in the 21st Century,” on Thursday, August 17, 2006, at the
University of Illinois at Chicago. See
www.chicagoareaplanning.org/summit/ for the agenda and a summary
(August 17, 2006)
Thirty-four residents of the seven-county region have been
appointed as members of the Citizens' Advisory Committee of CMAP.
(July 11, 2006)
Press Release. The
Regional Planning Board is hosting seven public meetings throughout
northeastern Illinois to gather comment on the 2030 Regional
Transportation Plan (RTP) Update.
(May 8, 2006)
Press Release. The RPB has named Randy Blankenhorn as
executive director to lead its efforts in comprehensive planning for
land use and transportation in northeastern Illinois.
See a PDF of coverage in
the Tribune and Crain's.
Regional Planning Board is recruiting individual members for its
Citizens' Advisory Committee.
(March 17, 2006)
Regional Planning Board elects officers to form executive committee.
(November 7, 2005)
Press Release. Gov. Blagojevich signs law to
strengthen, streamline transportation and land use planning in
(August 9, 2005)
Other CMAP News
House Committee on Mass
Transit. The House Mass Transit Committee held a subject-matter
hearing on Thursday, November 16, 2006, at the
State Capitol in Springfield. Topics included the Regional
Transportation Authority and an update on CMAP by executive director
Randy Blankenhorn. See his remarks
his remarks and those of RTA executive director
Steve Schlickman (links will open PDF files).
(Posted November 17, 2006)
"Tuesdays at APA" talk covers CMAP. CMAP
executive director Randy Blankenhorn spoke on November 7 at the American Planning Association's monthly lecture
Click here to download the text of his remarks, which give an
overview of CMAP and the merger of CATS and NIPC.
(posted November 8, 2006)
Sam Santell, 1954-2006. Everyone associated with the
RPB was deeply saddened by the sudden death on April 19, 2006, of NIPC planning director
who was instrumental in completion of the 2040 Regional Framework
Plan. Sam was honored posthumously on April 25 when his NIPC
colleagues received the
Association's national plan of the year award in San Antonio,
(posted April 21 and revised April 26, 2006)
RPB Retreat and Board Meeting. On December
14, 2005, the RPB concluded its member retreat at NIPC's new offices in
Sears Tower. The resulting
Action Plan (115 KB, PDF file) describes the board's strategy moving into
its first full year of operation.
(posted December 21, 2005)