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Why should Chicago focus growth near transit?
Chicago has some of the nation’s greatest economic assets: a well-educated, cosmopolitan population; a diverse set of industries with connections to the rest of the world; and renowned freight and passenger transportation links. Unfortunately, those assets have been insufficient to produce…
Transform Illinois: A Coalition for Efficient Government
While the sheer number of governments in Illinois is staggering—somewhere between 6,900 and 8,500, counting everything from school districts to lesser-known cemetery districts—the fundamental question isn’t, “How many is too many?” Instead, it’s “How can we…
Here's where the nation's top metros rank on employment
This post is the final in a series of three. Read the first two. Employment is a key factor in a region’s growth. A strong labor market means more well-paying jobs are available, making a region a more attractive place for people to move. Growth in the regional economy also generates all…
Talking Transit: Pace reveals plans for faster, more effective bus service on Milwaukee Avenue
Published monthly, MPC’s Talking Transit provides updates about transit-related activities around the world. Get In the Loop on all the latest local, national and international transit headlines. Did you know? More than 100,000 daily riders take advantage of bus services offered by Pace in…
Why is Minneapolis growing almost five times faster than Chicago? It's not the weather.
This post is the second in a series of three. Read the other two. We last looked at Census data that showed that of the top 20 most populated regions in the U.S., Chicago ranked 18th in population growth. From 2010 to 2013 it grew by just about 20,000 people annually, about 0.22 percent,…
Talking Transit: Accelerate Illinois proposes new funding for transportation infrastructure
Published monthly, MPC’s Talking Transit provides updates about transit-related activities around the world. Get In the Loop on all the latest local, national and international transit headlines. Did you know? New Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner announced last week that the state’s difficult…
Apply now for Jean Allard Fellowship!
The Jean Allard Fellowship, named for female trailblazer and former MPC President Jean Allard, is designed to attract young talent not currently in a position to be volunteer Research Assistants. Allard passed away in 2012 and the fellowship was created to celebrate the many firsts during her…
What if Chicagoland grew like Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Atlanta or Seattle?
This post is the first in a series of three. Read the other two. In 2010, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the official regional planning agency for northeast Illinois, forecasted that, based on current population trends, the Chicago region should grow by about 2.4 million people by…
Gov. Rauner’s 2016 budget proposal cuts Chicago region transit funding
The first step in the Illinois fiscal year 2016 budget process has begun. Facing a $6.6 billion budget deficit and the rollback in income tax rates, newly elected Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner recommended $3.7 billion in unpopular cuts and $2.9 billion in pension and retiree health care reforms to…
Talking Transit: The gubernatorial transition offers exciting new opportunities for transportation in Illinois
Published monthly, MPC’s Talking Transit provides updates about transit-related activities around the world. Get In the Loop on all the latest local, national and international transit headlines. Did You Know? Last November, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) President MarySue Barrett was…

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