In the Spring of 2012, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
contacted the Village of Skokie to participate in a graduate level
course allowing Planning and Geographic Information Systems
(GIS)students to get hands on experience working for a local government.
After a few phone calls and meetings to discuss possible projects, the
UIC class was tasked with collecting the locations of parking meters and
street lights in the downtown area and providing a recommendation as to
where pay stations could be located if the Village were to do away with
single meters. After the 5 week course where the students acted as a
consultant, the Village received the data, maps and analysis outlining
the students work.