Planning Group Votes Against Proposed Illiana Expressway

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Emanuel says he’s opposed to plans for the controversial Illiana Corridor toll road through Will County even though the Quinn administration has backed several projects in Chicago, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

Mayor Emanuel says he agrees with Governor Pat Quinn that the State needs to invest in transportation including roads, bridges and mass transit, but he doesn’t back the Governor on the proposed Illiana Corridor toll road that would connect I-55 near Wilmington to I-65 in Indiana.

Chicago’s representatives on the Chicagoland Metropolitan Agency for Planning voted against it.

“We’re two weeks away from opening the Red Line south reconstruction and modernization. That was helpful with the State. But I don’t see Illiana as in the self-interest of the city of Chicago,” said Emanuel.

Another key vote on the Illiana comes Oct. 17 and Chicago may not hold the deciding votes on that panel.

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