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Reminder: CMAP/RTA’s call for local technical assistance projects closes on June 29

June 23, 2017 – 2:18 pm | 20 views

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) applications for the funding and technical assistance for transportation, land use planning and implementation projects throughout the region are due June 29 at noon.  Applicants can apply for both programs by using one application.  The RTA and CMAP will each select projects that align with the Regional Transit Strategic Plan, the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan and the emerging priorities of ON TO 2050. Selected projects will receive staff and / or consulting assistance for planning and implementation projects.

A one-hour informational session was held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. where RTA and CMAP staff delivered a brief presentation of the call for projects and then answer questions. Click here to view a recording of the information session.

For questions regarding the Community Planning or the Local Technical Assistance programs or regarding your application, please contact:

Community Planning program
Michael Horsting, AICP
Regional Transportation Authority
Principal Analyst, Local Planning and Programs

Local Technical Assistance program
Tony Manno
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Senior Planner

Please find detailed information on the Community Planning and Local Technical Assistance programs at and

July 18: Public workshop to learn about/provide feedback on On To 2050 Alternate Futures

June 23, 2017 – 12:44 pm | 19 views

From April through August 2017, CMAP is conducting intensive public engagement around five Alternative Futures that could shape our region for decades to come: Changed Climate, Walkable Communities, Innovative Transportation, Constrained Resources, and Transformed Economy. …

Lynwood to host regional Little League tournament

June 23, 2017 – 9:49 am | 17 views

Little League teams from throughout the Midwest will be in a tournament in Lynwood this weekend.
The regional “Jamboree,” Friday through Sunday, is part of the national Little League’s Urban Initiative Program. Ten teams from Illinois, …

Lincoln-Way agrees to sell Tinley Park land to Woodman’s

June 21, 2017 – 8:51 am | 35 views
woodman’s waukesha-store

Lincoln-Way High School District 210 agreed to sell 72 acres on the southwest corner of 191st and Harlem Avenue in Tinley Park.
The board of education approved the sale of its land June 15 to Woodman’s …

Will County hires former IDOT secretary Ann Schneider to push new freight plan

June 20, 2017 – 9:34 am | 384 views
Will County hires former IDOT secretary Ann Schneider to push new freight plan

Former Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider was unanimously hired by the Will County board Thursday to implement the Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan that she helped create after amending her proposed contract.
A debate …

Employment opportunity: Hazel Crest public works director

June 19, 2017 – 2:14 pm | 192 views
Employment opportunity: Hazel Crest public works director

Village of Hazel Crest
Public Works Director
Performs complex supervisory, administrative, analytical, and professional work in planning, organizing, directing, and supervising the Public Works Department, including engineering, environmental, water, sewer, street, traffic control, light and other …

Kadner: A property tax freeze does nothing for poorest towns in Illinois

June 19, 2017 – 9:37 am | 70 views
Kadner: A property tax freeze does nothing for poorest towns in Illinois

Although Chicago property tax rates jumped 10 percent in 2016, they still aren’t close to the oppressive property taxes being paid in some of the poorest south suburbs.
While the average property tax rate for a …

Final arrangements for Dolton Firefighter Lawrence Matthews

June 16, 2017 – 8:43 am | 50 views
Lawrence Matthews

The family of a 35-year-old Dolton firefighter who died on Saturday is remembering him as an active and young man who was always the one to help everyone else.
Lawrence Matthews died after he collapsed at …

IDOT to put brakes on roadwork due to state budget impasse

June 15, 2017 – 9:12 am | 41 views
road construction

Roadwork projects across Illinois could be on the chopping block as the state’s historic budget impasse continues.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will shut down roadwork statewide if lawmakers don’t pass a budget by the end …