Supreme Court Rules Against Private Property Owner

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.

Expansion Project for Illinois Highway gets Federal Approval

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 […]

Budget Impasse Could Halt State Roadwork

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 […]

Illinois Tollway and Canadian Pacific Potential Mediation Over Land Dispute

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 […]

Illinois Tollway Moving Forward with $4 Billion Proposed I-294 Widening

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 […]