Skip to Content
Streetsblog Chicago home
Streetsblog Chicago home
Log In
Beyond Chicagoland

Sprawl Continues With Illiana’s Inclusion In The Regional Plan

6:12 PM CDT on October 17, 2013

Elliott Hartstein

The Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee, part of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's governance, poked a billion dollars worth of holes – the estimated amount of public subsidy ranges between $400 million to over $1 billion – in the GO TO 2040 regional plan today by voting to list the Illiana Tollway as a "fiscally constrained" project even after staff found it to be highly incompatible with the plan's focus on development near existing communities and IDOT and analysts said taxpayers would have to pay the private operator for 35 years until the toll revenues can pay the operator.

Virginia Hamman brings 4,000 petitions against proposed farmland-destroying tollway

The 19-member committee vote ended up being 11 to eight. Pace suburban bus, as expected, voted to support the greenfield highway, while Chicago Mayor Emanuel's appointees, CTA president Forrest Claypool and transportation commissioner Gabe Klein, voted against it. Metra also supported the tollway while the Regional Transportation Authority voted against. McHenry and Cook counties were the only ones of seven to vote for regional planning integrity and against the project.

IDOT's next steps include preparing a financing package for which to receive bids, which the state legislature and governor will have to ultimately approve, and finishing the environmental review.

Greg Hinz has more insight on the vote before and after to the meeting. We will have more details tomorrow.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog Chicago

Should a Streetsblog reader “Surrender” to commuting from Rockford to Chicago?

We compare the strengths and weaknesses of driving, and/or riding the train or bus, from the Forest City to the Windy City.

February 23, 2024

Metra orders battery-powered trains, gets funding for new bilevel passenger cars

As Metra's board authorized the purchase of eight battery-powered Stadler train sets, the FTA announced the railroad will get $100M to purchase 50 bi-level rail cars.

February 22, 2024

Good karma for a pickup truck driver: Motorist helps save an endangered Green Line rider from serious injury

It was chicken soup for the sustainable transportation reporter's soul to hear of a quick-thinking motorist protecting a CTA user from grievous harm.

February 21, 2024
See all posts