Illiana Expressway

Bi-state agreement signed for proposed toll way

by Dennis Sullivan 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 […]

Einhorn: Illiana data could help C-M Road proposal

by Dennis Sullivan 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 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 […]

A quick look at Wednesday’s Illiana hearing

by Dennis Sullivan 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 […]

Anticipating ‘tremendous amount of growth’

by Dennis Sullivan 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,” […]

Illiana ombudsman appointed

Will County State‚Äôs Atty James Glasgow has appointed a Joliet attorney with extensive land use, zoning, condemnation and commercial real estate law to serve as an ombudsman for persons whose Will County property has been targeted by the Illinois Department of Transportation for a proposed east-west tollway between interstates 55 in Illinois and 65 in […]

Crete officials mull village’s role in proposed airport’s development

Crete by Dennis Sullivan Mayor Mike Einhorn said Monday that “some people” have likened the airport development process “to riding on a merry-go-round: You never get anywhere and there’s a lot of ups and downs along the way.” Einhorn, speaking during Monday’s village board meeting, said he and other local leaders met Friday with […]

Illiana Xway corridor meetings set for July 31 in Peotone, Aug. 31 in Lowell

The Illinois and Indiana Departments of Transportation (INDOT and IDOT) will host public hearings on the Illiana Corridor Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that is evaluating transportation improvements in Will and Kankakee County in Illinois, and Lake County in Indiana. The July 31 hearing will be held at Peotone High School and the […]