Take these 4 simple steps to become a Citizen of Chicagoland.

  1. Answer all three questions and click below for the explanations.
  2. Read the explanations thoroughly.
  3. Put your name and town on
    The CC Honor Roll.
  4. Tell your friends, colleagues and associates to do the same.

Are You A Citizen of Chicagoland?

Good luck answering this question.
Edith the School Marm (or our Editorial Committee) oversees this quiz.

Although, she’s not too tough and this quiz only takes two minutes. Two correct answers from three multiple choice questions get you the new -- and perhaps elite -- designation of Citizen of Chicagoland or “CC.”

Passing the quiz entitles you to enter your name on “The CC Honor Roll” and use the CC designation after your name. If you are shy, you can at least mention it on your resume of civic volunteerism. Fun aside momentarily, the quiz has an important purpose. Taking this quiz adds a discipline to seeing how certain problems of daily life – traffic, flooding and reduced public services – can be solved if your municipality and neighboring ones participate in following a regional plan.

So, take your quiz. It’s good for you and all of Chicagoland.


1.Why does traffic congestion get bad again so quickly after we build more lanes or new roads?

[A] Too many people travel during peak hours.
[B] Too many people travel too far to work.
[C] The alterns ativeto auto travel are too inconvenient, so most people use cars.
[D] Too often, children must be driven to school, activities or visit friends.
[E] All of the above.

2. Why isn’t local government doing more to solve increased flooding ?

[A] Stormwater runoff from one town inevitably ends up as another jurisdiction’s problem and there is no coordinated policy.
[B] Municipal ordinances cause unnecessarily large surfaces for stormwater (wide roads, cement curbs, excessive parking spots and roof runoff connected to sewers, etc.)
[C] Climate change is making flooding worse.
[D] A & B
[E] All of the above.

3. Why are local governments cutting services for the third year in a row and there is not even enough money to fill potholes on a timely basis?

[A] Recession has reduced sales tax revenues and they are staying low because households are saving more and spending less.
[B] Municipalities have become far more dependent on sales revenue during the last two decades and, now, it is not a sustainable source of revenue.
[C] The 1992 and 2001 recessions averaged 51 months before overall revenues reached their pre-recession peak. Today’s recession is deeper and longer; so some experts think it may take eight years before the 2007 local revenue peak is reached.
[D] After two decades of growth in local government, waste often was not cut and now local governments must develop more efficient ways to provide services.
[E] Increasing evidence shows the design of municipal infrastructure (mostly roads, storm sewers and single-purpose schools) have become more expensive to maintain than originally anticipated; leading to chronic budget shortfalls.
[F] All of the above add to our fiscal un-sustainability.