Regional Planning in Northeastern Illinois: A New Direction

November 7, 2006

There's a new regional organization in Chicago — the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, or CMAP. This agency is a consolidation of the Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) and the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC). CMAP combines these separate transportation and land-use planning agencies for northeastern Illinois into a single entity designed to protect natural resources and minimize traffic congestion for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.

Randall S. Blankenhorn, CMAP executive director, spoke about how the merger came about, how the long-range plans for the two previously separate entities are being reconciled, and how CMAP envisions the future of our seven-county region.

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Randy Blankenhorn

Randy Blankenhorn is executive director of CMAP, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Prior to joining CMAP in April 2006, Blankenhorn had over 20 years' experience in the planning, development, and implementation of transportation infrastructure projects for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Most recently he served as IDOT Bureau Chief of Urban Program Planning, where he coordinated the activities of 14 metropolitan planning organizations across Illinois.