Pat Quinn, Governor
The Illinois Land Cover Database is
the most current and comprehensive inventory of the states surface
Natural Resources Geospatial Data Clearinghouse
These maps illustrate historical urbanization trends for several metropolitan regions of Illinois. These trend maps come from various sources. The Illinois Natural History Survey used aerial photography to estimate urban growth trends for Champaign-Urbana and the Peoria region. The University of Illinois' LEAM team did the analysis for the St; Louis Metropolitan area using historical municial boundaries. A couple of local organizations have done historical and future urban trend analysis for the Chicago region.
The Metropolis Plan (Chicago Metropolis 2020) http://www.metropolisplan.org/main.htm
St. Louis Metro East
Animation of Regional Historical Mapping (600kb animation)
For information on development patterns in the Chicago area go to the Open Lands Project home page and download their report, Under Pressure: Land Consumption in Chicago. This report includes maps of current and projected changes in land use in the Chicago region.
At some point in the future, the Department hopes to conduct a more detailed forecasts of urban expansion in the other urban centers of Illinois.
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