CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois Department of Transportation is defending a
proposed expressway linking Interstate 65 in northwestern Indiana with
Interstate 55 in suburban Chicago.
The move comes after a report raised questions about feasibility. IDOT
Secretary Ann Schneider said Monday she doesn’t agree with analysis by the
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Gov. Pat Quinn also defended the
proposed project Monday, telling reporters that it will relieve congestion.
Their comments come ahead of two votes on the project. The board of the
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning votes Wednesday. The final vote to
decide if everything goes forward is Oct. 17 by the Metropolitan Planning
Indiana and Illinois could start construction on the project as early as
late 2014, but environmental groups have raised objections including impact
to endangered wildlife.