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RESCHEDULED: CMS Oct. Event: Connecting Cook County



Connecting Cook County, Cook County, Illinois’ Long Range Transportation Plan, as a call to action — a framework to promote the strategic partnerships and investments that strengthen the economy and lead to more livable communities. Connecting Cook County, the first plan of its kind for the County in 70 years, facilitates economic development, prioritizes alternative transportation modes, and promotes equal access to opportunities. Cook County is the center of the nation’s transportation infrastructure. With two major airports, ten interstate expressways, and the largest freight hub in the nation, its transportation system is one of the region’s most important assets — key not only to its economic prosperity, but to the well-being of its residents. Cook County has more than half of the metropolitan region’s population, jobs, and businesses and is uniquely vested in the health and sustainability of the transportation system.

Learning objectives include:

:: Focus on transportation as an investment in economic health

:: Ability to prioritize transit and other transportation alternatives

:: Significance of supporting national freight role in transportation investments decisions

:: Utilization of transportation to promote equal access to opportunities


Lunch will be provided for this lunchtime program. The registration fee is $20 for regular attendees and $10 for students. Registrants will be emailed separately to help APA-CMS confirm lunch preferences and place the lunch catering order.


CM: 1.50 CM Credits Approved Date: TBD (was originally Oct 7)

Location: Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning 233 South Wacker Drive #800 Chicago, IL For program questions, please email:



John Yonan, P.E. Superintendent, Cook County Department of Transportation & Highways

John Yonan was appointed the Superintendent of the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (CCDOTH) in January of 2012 by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. In that capacity, John is responsible for all of CCDOTH professional engineering functions, including the programming, design, construction and maintenance of the County’s infrastructure assets which includes over 130 bridge structures, over 570 miles of roads, 350 traffic signals and 4 Maintenance Districts. Recent notable projects include the $22 Million reconstruction of Crawford Avenue from Devon to Oakton and the $9 Million reconstruction of Lake Cook Road from Pfingsten Road to Waukegan Road. Prior to his appointment as Superintendent, John spent 19 years at the City of Chicago’s Department of Transportation moving up from an entry level Bridge Engineer to Chief Engineer\Deputy Commissioner in the Bureau of Engineering. During his career at the City, John was responsible for overseeing over $1.5 Billion in construction projects, including Wacker Drive, Morgan Green Line Station and various transit stations to major roadway reconstruction projects along Grand Avenue and Milwaukee Avenue.

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