Smart Communities

Public Infrastructure


Goal: 

Provide an innovative infrastructure that will change how we live, work and connect.

Breaking Ground on the Argo Connections Project

Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) partners broke ground on the Argo Connections (B9) Project in Summit, IL in April 2019 (above). The project will be completed by 2021 and serve industry and commuters in southwest Cook County. Learn more about this and other CREATE projects at www.createprogram.org.

Advancing Equitable Transportation Projects with Invest in Cook Grants

Invest in Cook continued to advance transportation projects in 2019 that align with the policy priorities outlined in Connecting Cook County: Long Range Transportation Plan. In 2019, Invest in Cook awarded $8.5 million in grants and leveraged an additional $33.8 million in other funds to enable over $42 million in project activity, including 15 construction projects. Invest in Cook puts a premium on equal access to opportunity and will continue to position local and regional projects for advancement with local, state and federal grant opportunities. Since its inception in 2017, more than half the projects that have received funding have been located in low- and moderate-income communities. These transportation infrastructure investments provide foundational elements for community and economic growth.

Upgrading County Phone Systems

The Bureau of Technology reached the halfway milestone of a massive five-year undertaking to upgrade all aging Cook County analog phone lines with Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) lines—a modernization project that will vastly improve internal communications and generate significant cost and energy savings by running voice communications through the same lines as internet service.

The Policy Roadmap: Five-Year Strategic Plan for Offices Under the President lays the foundation for the next five years of work by the Offices Under the President (OUP) of Cook County. Created under the leadership of the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Toni Preckwinkle, the Policy Roadmap incorporates key policy priorities and strategic objectives and reflects the administration’s core values of equity, engagement and excellence, and a vision for fostering safe, thriving and healthy communities.