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Infrastructure »

CMAP announces Local Pavement Management Plan call for projects

January 19, 2018 – 3:43 pm | 10 views

As part of CMAP’s efforts to collect data on all Federal-aid local jurisdiction roads in the CMAP region, a pilot program was established to offer engineering services to municipalities and townships that will either initiate or update a local pavement management system. A pavement management plan can assists agencies to find the most cost-effective way to address pavement needs and achieve pavement condition targets. Municipalities or townships may apply and an engineering firm selected by CMAP will provide the necessary services to complete a pavement management plan (PMP). The PMP will provide the public agency a document that describes the importance and types of pavement preservation, the current condition of pavement, scenarios evaluating the cost to meet different network level pavement conditions, and develop a capital plan based on the selected pavement condition/spending scenario. The PMP will help communicate to decision makers and the public the importance of pavement preservation and what pavement improvement projects to implement that will be the most cost-effective to meet certain pavement condition targets. The public agency will not be responsible for any of the costs associated with the development of the PMP. Click here for more information or to apply.


Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways announces FY2018 call for projects

January 19, 2018 – 3:28 pm | 10 views
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From the Cook County Invest in Cook website:
The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways has announced a second round of Invest in Cook, an $8.5 million program to cover the cost of planning and …

April 14: Please save the date for Southworks’ Engineering and Robotics Olympics

January 19, 2018 – 12:01 pm | 8 views
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The Southworks Engineering and Robotics Competition provides opportunities for local and regional manufacturing companies to sponsor and partner with local high schools to develop their individual projects for the spring competition. It will be held …

Governor presents plan to correct property-tax system flaw

January 19, 2018 – 10:38 am | 12 views
Governor presents plan to correct property-tax system flaw

Gov. Bruce Rauner listened at a south suburban roundtable today as people talked of struggling to hold on to their homes and businesses while paying some of the highest property taxes in the nation, and …

MWRD prioritizes green infrastructure projects in 2018

January 17, 2018 – 6:06 pm | 69 views
MWRD prioritizes green infrastructure projects in 2018

Parks, forest preserves, municipalities, a university, a nature center, and several alleys and parking lots across Cook County will benefit from Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) funding in 2018. All of these …

Rep. Robin Kelly, Southland leaders discuss GOP tax plan

January 17, 2018 – 12:30 pm | 21 views

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly invoked the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan 13 to criticize the GOP’s tax overhaul legislation.
“Our struggle is for genuine equality, which means economic equality,” Kelly told a …

Applications for the 2018 ComEd Green Region Grants open January 19

January 17, 2018 – 12:21 pm | 20 views
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The applications for the 2018 ComEd Green Region Grants will open on Friday, January 19 at 9am. You can subscribe to Openlands’ email list to receive a notification when the application window opens.
Openlands partners with ComEd to administer …

Funding opportunity available through the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program

January 17, 2018 – 12:16 pm | 23 views
Funding opportunity available through the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), FedEx and Southern …

Jan. 25: How to Connect to Solar webinar

January 17, 2018 – 11:36 am | 18 views
Jan. 25: How to Connect to Solar webinar

From the Cook County Department of Environmental Control
You’re invited to learn about a free tool that will help match community solar projects, subscribers, and hosts throughout Illinois through this free webinar sponsored by the Institute …