Using GIS for City Tours

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
​This spring, The City of Lake Forest, IL is set to host their first annual Tree Walk. The Tree Walk Event will guide participants throughout the Central Business District highlighting different species of trees. GIS staff is assisting with developing an intuitive application that will ...

Using GIS to Display City Parks and Amenities

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest, IL is developing an intuitive application that will allow residents to view city park locations and related information. Currently, residents retrieve parks information from the City’s Parks and Recreation webpage that lists information without a map or photo component. With ...

Integrating a tree inventory into GIS to streamline daily workflows

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​In 2013, the Village of Lincolnshire, IL hired The Davey Tree Expert Company to collect an inventory of all Village-owned trees. This inventory included trees not only in public rights-of-way, but also in all nine public parks managed by the Public Works Department. When completed, ...

GIS Assists in the Creation of a Disc Golf Map

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​Almost all communities contain parks and open space, but the vast majority are managed by a local park district. In Lincolnwood, the Parks and Recreation department is a village department and not a separate entity. Lincolnwood Centennial Park recently underwent a huge renovation which, among ...

GIS Assists in Locating Flood Damaged Properties

Monday, November 18, 2013
​The April 18th flood of this year wreaked havoc all around the Midwest. Park Ridge residences were among those whose basements and properties took a beating from the floodwaters. Residents were asked to fill out an online survey to assess their individual flood damage. The ...

Using MapOffice Display City Mowing and Landscape Maintenance

Monday, November 18, 2013
​The Lake Forest Parks and Forestry Departments are in negotiations to outsource their cul-de-sac and right-of-way landscaping maintenance. Previously, city staff maintained these areas but a cost-benefit analysis determined that the budget would be more efficiently spent by contracting out the maintenance responsibilities. The city ...

Managing tree planting using GIS

Monday, November 18, 2013
​The Village of Mundelein received a grant that provided the money for 132 trees this Spring. The new plantings will replace Ash trees and other trees that were removed last summer. The Superintendent of Streets wanted an easier to provide planting location information to a ...

GIS used to encourage biking and walking in Lincolnshire

Friday, November 15, 2013
​Lincolnshire is a picturesque village in Lake County, well known for its mature trees, numerous parks, and attractively landscaped open spaces. One of the best ways to enjoy the scenery is to walk or bike around town using the wide local streets and recreational paths ...

City uses GIS to locate new athletic facilities

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest Park Recreation Department is considering installing a new football field and or new soccer fields at Deerpath Park. The flood way and flood plain for the Skokie River run through Deerpath Park. It was important that any new facilities were ...

Tree trimming planning

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

​Riverside, IL has earned the moniker “Village in the Forest” thanks to its planned design along the Des Plaines River with curvilinear streets, expansive parkways, and forested areas. The beautiful landscape that is Riverside does require maintenance, specifically tree trimming, in order to maintain tree ...

Pedal in the Park Event

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

​Pedal the Parks is a special event put on by the Village of Lincolnwood with the assistance of corporate sponsors from around the area. This event aims at highlighting the importance of physical activity while show casing the Village’s park system. The Village’s Geographic Information ...

GIS Assists 0in Contracted Mowing Process

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​Spring is in the air and that means it’s once again time to dust off the ole mower. Although, like many larger municipalities, Tinley Park has decided to ditch the mower, and the yearly maintenance and higher labor costs that come along with the mower. ...

Mapping Out Existing City Bike Network

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​To promote healthy living and the use of alternative travel, many local governments have started to design and implement projects related to cycling, such as bike route signage and dedicated bike lanes along local streets. To assist with promoting the projects they’ve worked on to ...

GIS Supports Honorary Tree Planting Program

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​There are many different ways that a local municipality can engage their residents to take part in the community and contribute to the daily operations and occurrences. For example, there are citizen emergency response teams, volunteer crossing guards, volunteers for special events and many more.One ...

Tree preservation using GIS

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​A developing problem spread among many communities in the greater Chicago area is the rapid growth of the Emerald Ash Borer, which is an insect that adversely affects the health of ash trees. Oak Brook has recently began locating and tracking all ash trees in ...

Glenview residents learn more about Emerald Ash Borer in their community

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​In partnership with the Glenview Park District, the Village of Glenview is hosting two public events on the impact of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle. By offering these workshops, the Village hopes to help its residents learn more about how their local government is responding ...

MapOffice public deployed to Lake Forest employees and residents

Thursday, October 31, 2013
​Lake Forest will have access to the web version of MapOffice™ beginning June 1st. The month of May was spent preparing the base data needed to get MapOffice™ up and running, which involved loading previous GIS data into the GIS Consortium standardized database.MapOffice™ will provide ...

Bike Route Extension Proposal

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​For a 7.5 mile stretch of Dundee Rd., from Milwaukee Ave. to Green Bay Rd., the only section without a bikeable sidewalk or path is a small section within Wheeling village limits from the Des Plaines River to the Interstate 294 overpass. Without a path ...

GIS supports grant writing effort

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​The Village of Lincolnwood has been hard at work trying to secure grants that will help produce bicycle routes and paths throughout the Village. The grant, Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC), is administered through the Regional Transportation Authority. It is federally funded to help people ...

Garabage collection redesign

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Garbage collection is an essential service provided by municipal government that, in many communities, has become ingrained in the weekly routine of community residents. While collecting garbage seems like a straight forward process, often there are weeks or months of planning that are necessary to ...

GIS assists in park accreditation application process

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​The Village of Lincolnwood is not within a park district, but provides its residents with an in-house parks and recreation department. Over the years, Lincolnwood has refined and added services to offer residents with a wide array of programs. Programs include summer camps, adult softball ...

Using GIS to monitor tree stock

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Over the past decade, communities throughout the mid-west have battled with invasive species. These Invasive species in our rivers and lakes have affected the way we use these natural resources. Likewise, our trees have become a focal point of disease and invasive species including the ...

Using free GIS technology to aide local government staff

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Information captured in a Geographic Information System (GIS) can be distributed in many different ways including, but not limited to, hard copy map prints, electronic image files, Google EarthTM and as an ArcReaderTM (PMF) project. Of these methods of distribution, ArcReaderTM has been found to ...

English Language Learners

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Using the village’s Geographic Information System (GIS), tabular data can be visualized and placed into geographically correct places. The Recreation Department, in conjunction with school districts 74 and 219, has created a free service for new residents who do not use English as ...

Checking water meters in GIS

Saturday, October 26, 2013
The recent collection of planimetric data or improved features such as buildings, roadways, parking lots, driveways, etc. in Elk Grove Village has provided for some new analysis possibilities through its GIS (Geographic Information System). One of the evaluations conducted was the distance between ...

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