George H. Ryan
for the amount of protected land in Illinois, and click here
to review Illinois's federal transportation spending.
Center on the States &
Changing Direction: Federal Transportation
Spending in the 1990s. Surface
Transportation Policy Project
AFFORDABLE HOUSING HIGHLIGHTS
Current Statewide Campaigns:
It Takes a Home (ITAH) Campaign
The ITAH Campaign, co-sponsored by the Statewide
Housing Action Coalition (SHAC) and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless,
is a grass roots effort to create new state resources for homeless prevention.
The campaign was initiated in 1999 and has already won an allocation of
$1 million from the state to fund a new family homelessness prevention
program. In 2001, the Campaign is working to pass mortgage foreclosure
To learn more about the campaign, click here
202 S. State, #1414
Chicago, IL 60604
Overview: For an overview of Illinois'
planning and zoning statutes, see a summary provided by the American
Planning Association .
To see proposed smart growth legislation in
the Illinois Legisalure, visit www.leginfo.org.
Farmland Preservation Act (1982)
This act mandates that state agencies must establish
agricultural land preservation policies and working agreements with the
Illinois Agriculture Department. These working agreements will consist
of an analysis of the impact of agricultural land conversions attributed
to the agency's programs, regulations, procedures and operations.
The policy statement shall also detail measures that can be implemented
to mitigate conversions to the maximum extent practicable. For more information
on the act, please go to http://www.agr.state.il.us/farmlandprot.html
Brownfields Redevelopment Grant Program
The Redevelopment Grant Program will help communities
with the following projects:
Remediation Tax Credit:
identify and prioritize brownfields sites
investigate and determine remediation objectives
develop remedial action which will pay for
the following: site assessments, soil and groundwater sampling, environmental
consultants, oversight, laboratory services, and participation in Site
Remediation Program (SRP).
This Tax Credit provides an incentive for people
redeveloping brownfields. The added costs of redeveloping brownfields,
when compared with the (subsidized) costs of greenfield development, are
frequently cited by developers as the main disincentive towards brownfields.
The tax incentive will give taxpayers who pay for brownfields cleanups
under the Site Remediation Program credit towards their Illinois income
tax. Taxpayers who have not caused or contributed to contamination at the
site will credit:
Remediation costs paid for investigating and cleaning
up the site under the SRP.
The tax credit equals 25 percent of remediation costs
in excess of $100,000 per site unless the site is located in an enterprise
zone (then there is no threshold).
A maximum annual credit of $40,000 per site, with
a maximum total credit of $150,000 per site.
The Illinois Main Street Program promotes preservation-based
revitalization. Based on a national model, the
program provides training and technical assistance to participating communities
through educational workshops and on-site consultation. Design services
are available through a cooperative agreement with the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency. The program is administered by the Illinois Department
Commerce and Community Affairs with oversight
by the lieutenant governor. Towns pay no membership fee but are responsible
for financially supporting their local program.
Illinois Main Street helps communities:
The Main Street program represents one of the state's
most effective public-private partnerships for economic development and
community renewal. Originally, only towns with populations under 50,000
were eligible to participate. Strong interest from community leaders led
to the program's expansion in 1995 to include the Chicago suburban
Build an effective, volunteer-driven downtown management
organization guided by professional staff and broadly supported by
the public and private sectors.
Enhance the downtown's design and appearance through
Create a unified, quality image and develop promotional
strategies to bring people downtown.
Retain and strengthen existing downtown businesses,
recruit appropriate new businesses, and develop economic restructuring
strategies to sustain the vitality of the downtown.
area. Although the city of Chicago administers
its own Main Street program, those participants are also invited to attend
state Main Street conferences and workshops.
Illinois FIRST is a fund for Infrastructure,
Roads, Schools and Transit. It is a five-year, $12 billion program
designed by Governor George Ryan to build, repair and upgrade IllinoisÌ
critical infrastructure. The primary targets of Illinois FIRST are aging
and deteriorating roads and bridges, unfunded highway construction, revitalization
of mass transit systems, construction of needed classroom space in growing
school districts and repair of aging schools, clean-up of urban brownfields
and other environmental hazards, upgrade of water and sewer systems and
improvement of quality-of-life projects throughout the State.
Open Land Trust Grant Program:
The grants, administered by the Department of
Natural Resources, provide up to 50 percent state funding assistance for
approved property acquisition projects. The maximum grant award for a single
project is $2 million. Local project sponsors may be any unit of local
government with statutory authority to acquire, develop and maintain land
for public outdoor, natural resource related recreation.
Regional Realities in the Chicago Region
The latest study by Chicago Metropolis 2020,
"Regional Realities: Measuring Progress Toward Shared Regional Goals,"
identifies and assesses progress in key areas of community life. It does
so in the belief that social conditions inevitably influence the region's
economic health. http://www.chicagometropolis2020.org/
The Metropolitan Initiative is an effort to help
community, civic and business leadership in metropolitan regions achieve
collective goals for the betterment of their regions. It parallels the
work of the President's Council on Sustainable Development which also has
encouraged innovation in the relationship between metropolitan areas and
the federal government.
The intention of The Metropolitan Initiative
is to recraft the relationships between the federal government, states
and metropolitan areas around three themes:
Smart Citizens: Empowerment of local citizens through
better access to more useful information.
Smart Money: More creative use of existing federal
expenditures, which represent 15-20% of regional economies.
Smart Rules: Encouragement of locally appropriate
and locally determined solutions to regional problems.
"CTA Upfront about trying to attract more bicyclists,"
Tribune. June 11, 2001.
"Tolls not big issue, but the traffic is," Chicago
Tribune. May 16, 2001.
"Answer for gas prices: Bus, bike, shoe leather,"
Tribune. April 25, 2001.
"Sprawl threatens way of life in tiny Gilberts,"
Tribune. April 23, 2001.
"Air base transformed into 'new city'," Chicago
Tribune. April 16, 2001.
"State-owned farms in Kane?" Chicago
Sun-Times. April 2, 2001.
Crossing," Terrain. Issue 9, Spring 2001.
"Kane's Farmland Protection Plan Advances," Chicago
Tribune. February 21, 2001
"Affordable Housing Plan is Rejected," Chicago
Tribune. February 6, 2001
"City to try mini-plan on major traffic," Chicago
Tribune. January 25, 2001.
for Sensible Growth
The Campaign is a coalition of 175 business,
civic and government groups that promotes strategies to enhance the economic
vitality of the six-county Chicago region and the state of Illinois while
preserving open space, minimizing the need for costly new infrastructure
and improving the livability of our communities. The goals of the Campaign
The Campaign has published three Changing Faces Guidebooks
on redevelopment, reinvestment and infill and sensible growth best practices;
two reports on work with the Urban Land Institute: Creating Value
Through Sensible Growth and Forging Partnerships to Overcome Community
Resistance to Workforce Housing; and five Ideas@Work
brochures: Sensible Growth Legislative Models from Nearby States;
the Traffic Jam: Local Strategies to Reduce Congestion;
Housing Options Through Inclusionary Zoning, Traffic Calming:
Creating Livable Communities; and Helping Families
and Property managers Use Housing Choice Vouchers. All are available
on the Campaign web site, www.growingsensibly.org,
or by calling the Campaign Manager, 312-863-6009, for free copies. Campaign
for Sensible Growth, 25 E. Washington, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60602.
Strengthen the economic competitiveness of the state
through smarter use of infrastructure investment and incentives;
Revitalize and support existing communities; and
Promote new development that is more walkable, transit-friendly
and preserves natural resources in newly developing areas.
for Neighborhood Technology is a non-profit organization that
helps build prosperous, sustainable communities
by linking economic
and community development with ecological improvement.
work in public policy, market development and
community planning is grounded in the Chicago region and national in scope.
Great Lakes Information Network(GLIN)
GLIN is a partnership that provides one place
online for people to find information relating to the binational Great
Lakes region of North America. Thanks to its strong network of state, provincial,
federal and regional partner agencies and organizations, GLIN has become
a necessary component of informed decision making, and a trusted
and reliable source of information for those who live, work or have an
interest in the Great Lakes region. Respected across the Great Lakes
region and around the world, GLIN offers a wealth of data and information
about the regionís environment and economy, tourism, education and more.
Founded in 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council
(MPC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of business and civic leaders committed
to serving the public interest through the promotion and implementation
of sensible planning and development policies necessary for a world-class
Chicago region. MPC conducts policy analysis, outreach and advocacy
in partnership with public officials and community leaders to improve equity
of opportunity and quality of life throughout metropolitan Chicago.
The Northeast-Midwest Institute is a Washington-based,
private, non-profit, and non-partisan research organization dedicated to
economic vitality, environmental quality, and regional equity for Northeast
and Midwest states. Formed in the mid-1970's, it fulfills its mission by
conducting research and analysis, developing and advancing innovative
policy, providing evaluation of key federal programs,
disseminating information, and highlighting sound economic and environmental
technologies and practices.
The Openlands Project protects, expands, and
enhances open space - land and water - to provide a healthy natural environment,
as well as a more livable place, for all people of northeastern Illinois.
Openlands Project works throughout the thirteen counties that include and
surround Chicago and also focuses on natural resources that cross into
Wisconsin and northwestern Indiana. Openlands'
in the Chicago Region 1998-2028 examines likely future land
development patterns in the greater Chicago Region
and makes recommendations
for how to avoid a "business as usual" sprawl