Crain’s Chicago Business is reporting the Census Bureau says that each of the six Chicagoland counties lost population between 2010 and 2013.
The McHenry County Board’s Continuous Flow Intersection at the corner of Algonquin and Randall Roads is based on the assumption that population is growing.
Population figures being used are outdated ones from CMAP, short for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. The McHenry County Board was told new figures were not due to be adopted until October.
Yet, an April 7th publication by CMAP shows “the six Illinois suburban counties increased in population by just 20,000 collectively.”
From the graph below, McHenry County does not seem to be one of those growing.
20,000 is not much, compared to the 500,000 population increase over the first decade of this century.
Seemingly contradicting Crain’s data is that published by CMAP on April 7th.
The lackluster growth of the Chicago region is of great concern to MPC and to the metropolitan area’s economic vitality.
The population growth trends of the past three years suggest that each of the seven counties on the Illinois side of the Chicago metropolitan area are growing far more slowly than predicted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) in 2010.
If the region’s counties continue to grow at levels similar to those of the most recent data, the seven-county population in 2040 will be just 9.2 million, up from 8.5 million.
CMAP projected a population of 11 million, a 1.8-million-person difference.
It should be noted that CMAP is in the process of updating its forecast and will have new estimates later in 2014. [Emphasis added.]
Meanwhile the McHenry County Department of Transportation and the McHenry County Board continues to use the faulty 2040 CMAP projections to justify the Continuous Flow Intersection at the busiest intersection in McHenry County–Algonquin and Randall Roads.
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I guess Yogi Berra was right when he said, “It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future!”
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