District 1 Issues

Bi-state agreement signed for proposed toll way

by Dennis Sullivan editor@ewcnews.com May 7, 2014 The Illinois and Indiana departments of transportation and the Indiana Finance Authority announced Tuesday they have entered into a bi-state agreement regarding public-private development of a proposed toll way linking Interstate 55 near Wilmington, Ill. and Interstate 65 near Lowell, Ind. The agreement outlines each state’s roles, responsibilities […]

Commuter-rail boosters want to update plan

by Dennis Sullivan editor@ewcnews.com May 6, 2014 Proponents of the SouthEast Service commuter rail line are putting out a call for engineering-planning consultants to update current studies that could include the possibility of Metra’s Randolph Street Station serving as the northern terminus. This morning the Southeast Commuter Rail Transit District notified approximately 36 planning and […]

Einhorn: Illiana data could help C-M Road proposal

by Dennis Sullivan editor@ewcnews.com April 30, 2014 Crete Mayor Mike Einhorn says he might be able to tap data related to the proposed Illiana Tollway to help justify extending Crete-Monee Road four to five miles. Einhorn recently told village trustees he had spoken for more than 30 minutes with Illiana Department of Transportation’s District 1 […]

Letter to editor: Illiana lawsuit ‘awesome’

Dear Editor, I wish to comment on the recent lawsuit filed by the Environmental Law & Policy Center, Openlands and Sierra Club against the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Director of Transportation Ann Schneider, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Board and the Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee. This is an AWESOME action. As a […]

Howard, Ogalla talk district issues with state pols

by Dennis Sullivan editor@ewcnews.com March 28, 2014 [Revised & updated as of 02:30 p.m. 03-28-14] In February, Crete-area resident Zachary Nelson notified Eastern Will County News that a train had been blocking Elmscourt Lane southwest of Balmoral Racing Park since 10 the previous evening. That train continued blocking the crossing “for over two days,” says […]

E Will helped Kaupas, didn’t do much for Kelley

by Dennis Sullivan editor@ewcnews.com March 19, 2014 Being the clear favorite among Eastern will County voters in Monday’s primary for Will County Sheriff clearly helped Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas, but didn’t do much for University Park Police Chief Ed Bradley, who lost to Mike Kelley. Kaupas, declared the winner by several news media, appears to […]

A quick look at Wednesday’s Illiana hearing

by Dennis Sullivan editor@ewcnews.com Feb. 21, 2014 Approximately 300 persons attended Wednesday’s public hearing on the proposed Illiana Tollway, which would link Interstate 55 near Wilmington with Interstate 65 near Lowell, Ind. It would run in Illinois near the Will-Kankakee county border. The Illinois Department of Transportation event at the International Union of Operating Engineers […]

Einhorn continues quest for e-w bi-state route

by Dennis Sullivan editor@ewcnews.com Jan. 31, 2014 Crete Mayor Mike Einhorn is asking local Illinois and Indiana officials to support his request for a $180,000 grant to study development of a local roadway linking Monee and Crown Point, Ind. Einhorn envisions building a seven-mile link between Crete-Monee Road’s current east end and the current west […]

Anticipating ‘tremendous amount of growth’

by Dennis Sullivan editor@ewcnews.com Dec. 5, 2013 If and when a proposed east-west toll way materializes between Interstates 55 and 65, the north-south Ill. Route 394/Ill. Route 1 corridor “will become the most direct route between Chicago and Indianapolis and all points east,” South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association’s Tom Vander Woude said Wednesday. “We […]

Grassroot group cheers one Illiana vote, braces for another

Members of a bi-state grassroots group opposed to the proposed toll way between Wilmington, Illinois and Crown Point, Indiana are applauding the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning‘s vote against funding the project. CMAP’s 10-4 vote to exclude the Illiana Tollway from its Go To 2040 long-range transportation plan “is a huge step in our favor,” […]