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Chicagoland Transportation and Air Quality Commission

Born out of the nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), CTAQC was founded to focus on opportunities for the public to impact regional transportation planning. With the advent of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) in 1991, CNT recruited seven core partners dedicated to bringing federal mandates to northeastern Illinois. By 1994, CTAQC was formed with 33 members.CTAQC published its first Citizen Transportation Plan in 1995 based on recommendations of stakeholder task forces. The plan called for more community-building projects, with greater emphasis on maintaining existing communities and more transit, bicycle and pedestrian investment. Six years later, to update our understanding of public opinion, Connecting Communities Summits were held in eleven local areas of the northeastern Illinois region to facilitate public involvment in transportation planning. The comments of the summits were synthesized into a report, Changing Direction: Transportation Choices for 2030, and published in 2002. Today over 190 organizations have endorsed the ideals of the plan.As the Tranportation Efficiency Act periodically comes up for re-authorization, CTAQC looks forward to strengthening federal policy to the benefit of local stakeholders. CTAQC has developed a two-pronged approach, combining public involvement with advocacy. We do this because we recognized the need to help residents understand policy makers as well as the need to aid policy makers in understanding taxpayers.CTAQC has taken a lead in formulating unique public involvement guidelines and tools that have been successfully applied in real-life community-building situations. CTAQC has designed, tested and implemented charettes as one type of instrument for participants to make proactive and creative suggestions to improve thier communities. Using the processes outlined, participants learn the context and lexicon needed to effectively communicate with their elected officials and transportation planners. We provide our constituency with the tools to reach consensus; our constituency provides the consensus.CTAQC has published literature synthesizing the public’s wishes into clear, concise, and comprehensive documentation that resonates with decision makers. We are also involved in monitoring public meetings of regional transportation policy agencies. CTAQC seeks a region in which taxpayers are seen as a critical constituency and are sought out by decision makers for input on the design of their communities and region. This vision can be achieved by building a trust between taxpayers and policy makers and by initiating a permanent dialogue that addresses the needs of all users and potential users of the area.We believe in: inclusive planning, equitable access to regional resources, investment in quality-of-life goals, development of a safe and accessible travel environment for all and preservation of open space. Website: c/o Center for Neighborhood Technology 2125 W. North AveChicago, IL 60647 Phone: 773-278-4800 x2030
Fax: 773-278-3840


Chicago Foundation for Women

One of the largest women’s funds in the world, Chicago Foundation for Women believes that all women and girls in the Chicago metropolitan area should have the opportunity to achieve their potential and to live in safe, just and healthy communities. We support the achievement of social justice through grantmaking and advocacy.Since 1986, Chicago Foundation for Women has impacted social justice through advocacy, leadership development, and public and grantee education. In addition, we have awarded more than 2,300 grants totaling $13 million to hundreds of organizations that make life better for women and girls.

Our work is rooted in three principles of women’s human rights: economic security; freedom from violence; and access to health services. Our core values include diversity, accessibility and choice. We are part of a global women’s movement that is rooted in a commitment to justice and an appreciation of the value of a gender lens. For every issue on the national agenda—from violence to health care—there is a major dimension specific to women. There are few community problems that can be resolved without programs and strategies that specifically address the needs of women and children. Women’s issues involve the entire community. When a woman is given an opportunity, an entire family can benefit. Website: Chicago Foundation for Women
One East Wacker Drive
Suite 1620
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 577-2801
Fax: (312) 577-2802
TTY: (312) 577-2803

Campaign for Better Health Care

The Illinois Campaign for Better Health Care is a grassroots coalition of more than 300 local and statewide organizations representing consumers, health care workers and providers, community organizations, seniors, religious, labor, disability rights organizations and other citizens concerned about health care and wellness. These groups share the mission/vision described below: The Campaign for Better Health Care believes that a health care system that serves the people must come from the people. Therefore, the Campaign is committed to grassroots organizing efforts to insure public input in the creation and ongoing oversight of a system that responds to the health care needs of all people in our nation. The Campaign’s vision of health encompasses community health and wholeness and measures high quality health care by high quality of life. Our vision of health understands the social roots of ill health: poverty, unemployment, poor housing, inadequate education, environment degradation, racism, sexism and homophobia. Website: Chicago Office1325 S. Wabash Avenue, Suite 305Chicago, IL 60605 Phone: (312) 913-9449 Fax: (312) 913-9559 Email Address: