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

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 stops in the city today that are free to the public, a source tells me.

The first listening session, featuring IDOT’s acting secretary Randy Blackenhorn, took place this morning at the Metropolitan Planning Council Infrastructure Week event, which has the admission charge.

A free event, hosted by the Illinois Hispanic Chamber at the Primera Engineers offices, 100 South Wacker #700, just started at 11 a.m. Although the IDOT website says the event is at capacity, if you’re in the vicinity, it might be worth dropping by to see if there’s some room due to no-shows.

The second free session takes place at 2 p.m. today at the Chicago Urban League, 4510 South Michigan, 1st floor conference room, and it should have room for more attendees.

If you can’t make it to either of the free events, IDOT is still accepting public input via a short online survey.

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