On June 23, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a private property owner regarding the proper test for what constitutes the whole property for purposes of a regulatory taking under the Fifth Amendment. To read more about this property rights case, click here.
The Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) plan to expand and rebuild the Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290) received federal approval on July 28, 2017. The plan calls for widening the highway and adding managed toll lanes between Mannheim Road and Racine Avenue. The proposal also includes expanded linkages between Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority, as […]
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 […]
Kane County voters approved $50 million referendum for land acquisition and capital improvements. Eighty percent of the money from the referendum is intended for the acquisition of about 2,000 acres of land, and about 20 percent for capital improvement. Read more here.
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 […]