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Chicago region answers Obama’s call for innovative ways to support sustainable metropolitan development
  • Oct 23, 2009
(Chicago) … At the Metropolitan Planning Council’s (MPC) 2009 Annual Luncheon in September, MPC President MarySue Barrett moderated a panel discussion with U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, HUD’s Shelley Poticha, and White House Office of…
Reinventing investment for a more livable Chicago region

The second event of the MPC-CAF summer discussion series, "Reinventing Public Investment", focused on how federal policies in housing, transportation and economic development have shaped decisions and community development in the Chicago Region.

Bringing America to a State of Good Repair
Every two weeks, MPC uncovers best practices from around the world and delivers them right to your inbox in Talking Transit. This week, MPC takes a look at the proposed federal surface transportation bill.
Illinois transportation advocates: Rep. Oberstar's bill a good start toward federal transportation investment reform; more work needed
  • Jun 25, 2009
This is a joint release from the Metropolitan Planning Council, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Illinois PIRG, Environmental Law and Policy Center, and Transportation for America Core News Facts U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and…
Illinois, national transportation experts to host media telebriefing on Rep. Oberstar's bill to reform federal transportation investment
  • Jun 23, 2009
(Chicago) … U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, introduced a bill on Monday that would reauthorize federal surface transportation funding to the tune of $450 billion and reform how the federal government invests in…
MPC strongly supports growing movement toward goal-driven, coordinated federal transportation investment policy
  • Jun 9, 2009
(Chicago) … The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) strongly supports a report released today in Washington, D.C., by the National Transportation Policy Project (NTPP), a project of the Bipartisan Policy Center, which introduced ideas to change how we invest in the nation’s public…
Transportation Investment Accountability Act garners support from key lawmakers, media

The Illinois General Assembly passed a “mini capital” program during the last week of March; the program only accounts for a portion of Gov. Quinn’s larger, $26 billion proposal, and did not include reforms for selecting transportation investments. MPC continues to push for these reforms.

MPC supports HB 1, HB 2359 to fund, reform Illinois’ capital investment plan

MPC supports a motor fuel tax increase Illinois provided it is coupled with accountability measures that will ensure smart spending of limited transportation dollars.

March Media Tips
  • Mar 1, 2009
Ripped from the Headlines MPC supports proposals to fund, reform much-needed Illinois capital investments As Illinois lawmakers ramp up discussion about a long-overdue state capital investment plan to maintain and improve roads, bridges and transit – partially funded by a proposed…
Rebuilding and Renewing America: Highlights from a day of forward thinking
Investment in our nation's water, energy, and transportation infrastructure will be one of the first priorities of the new Obama administration. At MPC's recent conference on the subject, experts from throughout the Great Lakes megaregion identified priorities and outlined a better process for making investment decisions.

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