Planning Agency Staff Finds Illiana Tollway Incompatible with Long-Term Transportation Needs

September 27, 2013

Today, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) staff released its findings that "the Illiana Corridor proposal is broadly incompatible with the overall goals and recommendations of GO TO 2040." Staff recommended denying the Illinois Department of Transportation's request to include the proposed tollroad as a major capital project in the regional plan.

Read the full findings.

The strong and clear message by CMAP staff was echoed in the Chicago Tribune and in Crain's Chicago Business, reflecting increasing recognition that "building Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed Illiana Expressway could create a $1 billion hole in the state's budget and drain funds needed for higher-priority transportation jobs in Cook County and the inner part of the metropolitan area."

On October 9, Openlands urges the CMAP Board to vote against the Illiana and to follow the staff recommendation, which clearly states that including "the Illiana Corridor on GO TO 2040's list of fiscally constrained projects would be inconsistent with the region's commitment to its own clearly established priorities."  The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Committee, scheduled to vote the same day on including Illiana in the region's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), appears to have delayed its vote until a week after the CMAP Board's decision.

Openlands sincerely hopes that if the CMAP Board holds true to its regional vision for our future and rejects the Illiana, the MPO Policy Committee honors the board's vote.


Learn more about Openlands' fight to stop the Illiana Tollway.

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