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Riverside Village President Michael Gorman has been named to the board of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). The agency, according to its website is the "official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will."
The agency is principally responsible for creating a regional master plan, called GO TO 2040 which, according to the website, "has significant implications for transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment and other quality-of-life issues."
Gorman is one of 15 voting members (there are five members each from the city of Chicago, suburban Cook County and the collar counties) on the CMAP board. He was asked to serve on the board by the board of the West Central Municipal Conference (WCMC), which represents 40 communities in the western suburbs.
The WCMC's previous appointee was Russell Hartigan, who left the planning board to become a judge.
"It's real exciting to have an impact on the whole metropolitan area," Gorman said, "and I'm increasing my knowledge and understanding. I'm real happy to have this opportunity."
Gorman's appointment was announced Jan. 13.
- Bob Uphues