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Northwest Council of Mayors


Road ConstructionThe Northwest Municipal Conference serves as home for the Northwest Council of Mayors, a cooperative body focused upon programming federal transportation funding for local road, transit, and bicycle facility projects. Members of the Northwest Council operate through a Technical Committee comprised of local mayors and managers whose mission is to identify and address local improvements to the transportation network. The Northwest Council is part of the larger Council of Mayors, comprised of 11 sub-regional councils representing local governments on transportation issues through the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). CMAP serves as the Chicago region’s metropolitan planning organization, and is responsible for the programming of federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) funding.  Staff also assists municipalities with programming other federal transportation fund sources including the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program, Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) funds, Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Safe Routes to School funds. 

The staff contact for the Northwest Council of Mayors is Kendra Johnson, who can be reached at 847-296-9200 x 131 or


Northwest Council of Mayors Members

The following municipalities are members of the Northwest Council:
Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bartlett*, Buffalo Grove**, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park*, Hoffman Estates, Inverness***, Mount Prospect, Niles, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, South Barrington***, Streamwood, and Wheeling.

* also a member of DuPage Council
** also a member of Lake Council
*** not a NWMC member


Current Program and Methodology

Using the latest Council methodology adopted in 2019, staff compiled and ranked all eligible projects submitted through the 2020 Call for Projects into a recommended Active and Contingency program for federal fiscal years 2021-2025. The Northwest Council of Mayors approved the staff recommended program at the September 9, 2020 NWMC Board meeting.‚Äč

Adobe Logo Northwest Council of Mayors – Approved Program 

Adobe Logo Northwest Council of Mayors - Consolidated Score Sheets

Individual application materials available upon request. Please email

The Northwest Council of Mayors updated its STP project selection methodology in September 2019. This methodology will be used for the upcoming STP call for projects, beginning in January 2020. The methodology document also contains information on eligible phases, federal/local funding ratios, and program management.

Adobe Logo Final Methodology September 2019

 Northwest Council of Mayors 2020 STP Application

Adobe Logo 2020 Pre-Call For Projects STP Workshop Slides

The Northwest Council has programmed future STP funds through fiscal year 2020.  Projects that have been accepted by the Council but have no funding programmed are shown on the Multi-Year "B" list.  

Adobe Logo NW Council STP Program Approved August 28, 2020

To be eligible for STP or other federal funds, a road must be classified by the Federal Highway Administration as a collector or higher.  To view a map of road classification, visit and select "Identify IDOT Key Route" at the bottom of the Legend.   


Technical Committee

Big TruckThe Northwest Council of Mayors Technical Committee is responsible for the programming of STP funds, and is composed of four mayors and four village managers from Council members. All decisions of the Technical Committee are voted on by the full Council at the following NWMC Board meeting.

Meeting Schedule

All Northwest Council of Mayors Technical meetings are held at the Barrington Village Hall, 200 S. Hough Street at 8:30 am. 

  • Friday August 28, 2020 8:30 a.m. - via videoconference
  • Friday October 23, 2020 8:30 a.m.
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Meeting ID: 890 8946 2020
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Agendas and Minutes

Adobe Logo August 28, 2020 Agenda
Adobe Logo May 29, 2020 Agenda
Adobe Logo April 24, 2020 Agenda
Adobe Logo February 28, 2020 Agenda
Adobe Logo December 6, 2019 Agenda
Adobe Logo August 16, 2019 Agenda
Adobe Logo June 14, 2019 Agenda
Adobe Logo April 5, 2019 Agenda
Adobe Logo February 15, 2019 Agenda
Adobe Logo October 19, 2018 Agenda
Adobe Logo August 16, 2018 Agenda
Adobe Logo May 24, 2018 Agenda
Adobe Logo April 6, 2018 Agenda
Adobe Logo February 2, 2018 Agenda
Adobe Logo November 2, 2017 Agenda
Adobe Logo September 29, 2017 Agenda
Adobe Logo September 14, 2017 Agenda
Adobe Logo July 13, 2017 Agenda
Adobe Logo June 30, 2017 Agenda
Adobe Logo April 13, 2017 Agenda
Adobe Logo October 21, 2016 Agenda
Adobe Logo August 11, 2016 - Agenda
Adobe Logo May 6, 2016 - Agenda
Adobe Logo February 11, 2016 - Agenda


History and Previous Projects

Surface Transportation Program (STP) funding was created by Congress through the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 and renewed through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) in 1998, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005 and most recently Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). STP funding is intended for local governments to address specific transportation issues within their geographic regions. CMAP distributes STP funds based upon a council’s population.

STP funding has been used to reconstruct roadways and improve traffic flow through intersections in Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove Village and Niles. It has been used to construct new transit stations in Arlington Heights and Prospect Heights and improve commuter parking lots in Mount Prospect and Schaumburg. STP funds were used to construct a bikeway in Barrington, add lighting to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians in Buffalo Grove, and construct sidewalks and bus shelters in Elk Grove Village.

The following is a list of all projects accomplished in the Northwest Council using STP funds and similar locally programmed fund sources from 1972 to the present.

Adobe Logo Northwest Council of Mayors STP History (last updated October 1, 2012)