Recent Streetsblog CHICAGO posts about IDOT

Eyes on the Street: Clybourn Curb-Protected Bike Lanes Are Halfway Done

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Note: Keating Law Offices, P.C. has generously agreed to sponsor two Streetsblog Chicago posts about bicycle safety topics per month. The firm’s support will help make Streetsblog Chicago a sustainable project. Keating Law Offices is not involved in the Bobby Cann case. Just over a month ago, the Illinois Department of Transportation started constructing curb-protected bike […]

Getting Closer to the End: Judge Nullifies Federal Approval of Illiana Tollway

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It’s looking like the nightmarish vision of a totally unnecessary, 47-mile highway cutting through prime Illinois farmland is not going to become a reality. A federal judge ruled yesterday that the Illinois Department of Transportation failed to provide a proper Environmental Impact Statement for the Illiana Tollway. U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Alonso wrote that the […]

IDOT Has Added Two More Chicago Stops to Their Listening Tour Today

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Two weeks ago, Steven Vance pointed out that the Illinois Department of Transportation’s listening tour regarding Governor Rauner’s proposed state transportation budget, which includes Draconian cuts to public transit, had only one Chicago stop scheduled, at an event with a $75 admission charge. Partly in response to Steven’s post, the department has added two more […]

Rauner’s IDOT Listening Tour Only Includes a Sprinkling of Cook County Stops

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Cook County represents 41 percent of Illinois’ population yet only three of the 30 scheduled stops on the Illinois Department of Transportation’s upcoming listening tour regarding Governor Rauner’s proposed state budget will take place in the county: two in suburban Cook County and a single meeting in Chicago. Rauner has proposed a budget that slashes funding for […]

Seven Ways to Stop The Illiana Boondoggle

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Two votes yesterday by a committee of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Chicagoland’s federally-designated regional planning organization, have cemented CMAP’s approval of the sprawl-inducing, budget-busting Illiana Tollway. Since federal transportation dollars can only be spent on projects included in an adopted regional plan, this gives Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois Department of Transportation the consent […]

Illiana Forced Into CMAP Regional Plan By Springfield, Suburban Reps

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The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s MPO Policy committee today approved the Illiana Tollway, among other projects, as part of GO TO 2040, which the agency calls “the comprehensive regional plan… for sustainable prosperity through mid-century and beyond.” Committee members representing Chicago, Cook County, and McHenry County, which together are home to almost two-thirds of Chicago […]

Revolt Against Illiana Undeterred By IDOT’s Latest Scare Tactic

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Local advocates are scoffing at the suggestion, made by an Illinois Department of Transportation representative last week, that striking the Illiana Tollway from the Chicago region’s long-term regional plan would jeopardize transportation spending across the entire region. Instead, advocates insist that deleting the costly, sprawl-inducing road would cause at most a brief procedural delay in other […]