The Illinois Supreme Court ruled on September, 21, 2017 that Rock Island Clean Line does not qualify as a public utility and found the Illinois Commerce Commission lacked legal authority to issue the certificate of public convenience and necessity under section 8-406 of the Illinois Public Utility Act. This unanimous decision was made on the […]
The reality of not having a state budget in nearly two years could pose a threat to the continued roadway work across the State of Illinois. Without a stopgap measure by the state, the Illinois Tollway will be unable to pay contractors effective July 1, 2017 and bring all work to a stopping point. Read […]
The U.S. Surface Transportation Board seeks a mediator to solve the dispute related to land sought by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority to construct highway ramps over the Canadian Pacific train tracks just west of O’Hare International Airport. The two parties are arguing about whether federal interstate commerce laws trump the Tollway’s eminent domain […]
Route 53 has long been discussed about a potential expansion to alleviate traffic congestion with a price tag of almost $2.6 billion. The Customer Service and Planning Committee has officially recommended an environmental impact study of the Route 53 expansion north into Lake County. The recommendation will go to a full board vote on Thursday, […]
A group has filed a lawsuit to postpone the construction of the Kane County Longmeadow Parkway because of the location of an endangered species of bee. U.S. District Judge has granted the restraining order and stopped construction which was scheduled to begin. Read more.
The Illinois Tollway is proposing the expansion of I-294 between Balmoral Avenue and 95th Street. The goal of the project is to eliminate congestion on the tollway used by hundreds of thousands of vehicles daily. The proposed project will begin in 2020 and will take 2 years to complete. The project is scheduled for final […]
Kane County is seeking legislation that would give the transportation department authority to use quick-take powers to speed along the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor project. Read more.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has secured more than 4,000 acres of land since 2001 and paid just compensation totaling more than $90 million dollars for the South Suburban Airport. IDOT stated that it will issue a request for information to determine the private sector’s interest in both developing and maintaining the airport. Read […]
The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority has begun planning the possibly expansion of Interstate 294 between O’Hare International Airport and 95th street to make the expressway five lanes in each direction, as opposed to four. There is a possibility that this expansion would encroach on currently held private property and land owned by the Villages […]
McHenry County Transportation Committee is currently exploring the use of quick take powers and eminent domain powers for the completion of the highway project on Randall Road. In the February 1, 2017 agenda, McHenry County Transportation Committee is seeking a resolution for quick-take powers from the General Assembly as well as a resolution authorizing the acquisition […]