Proposed Illiana Tollway Dropped by IDOT

June 3, 2015

Governor Rauner and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) took a positive step forward by “suspending all existing project contracts and procurements” and removing the proposed Illiana Tollway project from IDOT’s multi-year transportation plan.

In removing the tollway from its plans, IDOT comes in line with a broad coalition opposed to the project, which has been called a "boondoggle" by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. This coalition includes citizens of the affected communities, conservation organizations, regional planning organizations, state and local leaders, business leaders, editorial boards of newspapers across the state, and concerned citizens who have made their voices heard time and again against the tollway.

"The death of the ill-conceived Illiana Tollway is a victory for both sound planning and natural treasures like Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie," said Openlands President and CEO Jerry Adelmann. "There are legitimate transportation needs in our region. Now that the Illiana is behind us, we look forward to partnering with local communities and industries to forge a sound transportation solution."

The tollway would destroy family farms and divide communities in addition to threatening Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and other delicate natural areas.

Openlands, Sierra Club Illinois, and Midewin Heritage Association have challenged the tollway in court. The Environmental Law Policy Center represents the organizations.

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