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Prospects for New Legislative Session

Major issues facing the Illinois General Assembly will be addressed – one day before the opening of the legislature’s 95th session – by senior staff of the Metropolitan Planning Council at a media briefing on January 9.

Prospects for sustainable development proposals and funding for education and transportation will be discussed by MPC president MarySue Barrett and other top staff.

In 2007 legislators will consider funding for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the new agency joining transportation and land use planning, and MPC supports including a dedicated funding stream for the agency in a new state capital plan, said Mandy Burrell. Such funding could provide incentives to encourage transit-oriented development, and should be tied to performance indicators measuring regional progress toward sustainable development, she said.

The group has backed the RTA’s Moving Beyond Congestion campaign to build support for expanding public transit and has studied proposals to use public-private partnerships to finance roadways and transportation projects. “Such partnerships are most appropriate for new infrastructure projects,” Burrell said.

Other topics at the media briefing include proposals to encourage development of affordable housing near jobs and transportation and to link expanded school funding to tax reform and educational improvement.

The briefing will be Tuesday, January 9 at 12 noon at MPC’s offices at 25 E. Washington, and is open to the media. Reporters are asked to register in advance.

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