The Lake County Council of Mayors is one of 11 sub-regional councils in the Chicago region that represent local governments on transportation issues through the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). Made up of units of local governments located within Lake County, the Council is a cooperative body focused upon programming federal transportation funding for local road, transit, and bicycle facility projects. The Council operates in part through the Lake Council Transportation Committee which is comprised of Elected Officials, Village Administrators, Municipal Engineers, and Public Works Directors whose mission is to identify and address local improvements to the transportation network.
The Lake County Council of Mayors receives an annual allocation of Surface Transportation Program Block Grant (STP) funding and is responsible for programming those federal funds according to the Lake County Council of Mayors STP Methodology (currently under development). Council STP projects must meet all federal eligibility requirements, including being located on a federal-aid eligible route, and must be sponsored and implemented by a local community within Lake County. Members of the Lake County Council of Mayors may propose additions or deletions to the map (along with justification for the addition or deletion, see CMAP’s FAQ’s). Additions or deletions to the system will be considered via a written request from the local agency sponsor with jurisdiction of the route. The Lake County Council of Mayors will forward its recommendations for additions and deletions to IDOT for a final determination in consultation with FHWA.
In addition to the STP program, the Council also works to find additional outside funding sources for local transportation projects.The Lake County Council of Mayors works with IDOT, Illinois Tollway, RTA, Metra, and Pace on various projects these agencies have throughout the Lake County region. The Council also works closely with CMAP to ensure the desires and needs of Lake County communities are recognized in the region’s long-term planning process.
Local Government Assistance
The Lake County Council of Mayors has staff housed at the Lake County Division of Transportation designated through the region's Planning Liaison Program (PL). The Planning Liaison program provides a direct link between municipalities, counties, CMAP, IDOT, and other partner agencies involved in transportation planning and project implementation. Planning Liaisons directly manage federally funded projects sponsored by local governments in the region’s Transportation Improvement Program (or TIP), actively participate in the implementation of GO TO 2040 and the development of ON TO 2050, assist with air quality conformity, and provide/promote local government involvement in all CMAP activities. Council staff assist communities when applying for grants distributed through CMAP.
Emily Karry and Mike Klemens are the designated primary Planning Liaisons for the Lake County Council of Mayors.