Monday, April 30, 2012

Illiana Corridor Team Adds A3S2 Route as a Preliminarily Recommended Route


According to the Illiana Corridor Planning Team Website, the Planning Team is preliminarily recommending two more corridors in addition to the B3 corridor which passes near Wilmington, Illinois.   The two new corridors were added for further study after many comments by the public after the B3 was recommended as the preferred corridor.

The A3S2 route starts at Indiana's I-65 and continues west North of Lowell and South of Lake Dalecarlia.  A3S2 then heads North of Beecher and heads north of the proposed "South Suburban Airport" which is shown the by Illiana Corridor Planning Team.   A3S2 then crosses Route 50 south of Monee, Illinois before heading west paralleling south of Pauling Road before turning NorthWest again after Route 52.  A3S2 then crosses Hoff and Gougar Roads.  A3S2 then heads NorthWest again crossing Elwood-Manhattan Road, Route 53, Brandon Road and passes south of the Joliet CenterPoint Intermodal and north of the Elwood CenterPoint Intermodal and north of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. A3S2 then crosses the Kankakee River and connects with I-55.

The two new corridors--A3S2 and and B4 can be viewed on the interactive map below:

View Recommended Corridors A3S2, B3, B4 Interactive Map in a larger map





The Illiana Corridor Planning Team has published several documents on their study of the Illiana Corridor.  They have published a Technical Memorandum which includes information on the different corridors and an Illinois Department of Transportation Document entitled, "A Landowners Guide to Land Acquisition and Eminent Domain," among others.

Landowners in the path of the preliminarily recommended corridors have received mailings stating their land is the the corridors and will be entered by study team members for further study.


To submit a comment to the Illiana Planning Team, go here.  The Planning Team will also hold a public meeting in the summer of 2012.


Video from an Illiana meeting in Wilmington:







More video: www.youtube.com/willcountynews


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Singer challenges airport funding; ALNAC responds


By Mary Baskerville
Carriage Stone Communications

PEOTONE—Will County Board member Cory Singer questions the validity of the claim by the Abraham Lincoln National Airport Commission regarding secured funding for the creation of the proposed third airport.

Singer, speaking Saturday on site of two events—the blessing of land by a coalition of ministers supporting the airport, and at the staging ground for the Shut This Airport Nightmare Down rally and parade—Singer claimed that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. does not have a guarantee for funding backed by the Canadian government.

Singer claimed that the $700 million in funding is not secured by the Canadian government: “Well it’s false—we did a little digging of our own."

Responding to the charge, ALNAC President Al McGowan told Will County News that the charge is an attempt to “muddy the waters.”

McGowan’s first reaction was surprise at the Singer statement. “Hasn’t he seen the letter? he asked.
McGowan released a letter from the Canadian Commercial Corporation to Gov. Patrick Quinn, dated February 23, 2010. The letter, signed by Donald Oslen, Director, Business Developmental and Sales for the Canadian Commercial Corporation, reads, in part:  “The Canadian Commercial Corporation is mandated by the Government of Canada to assist in the development of trade between countries, developing unique relationships and often undertaking bilateral government-to-government arrangements. It should be noted that the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) can act as an ongoing sponsor of undertakings made by SNC-Lavalin on this project, the details of which are to be resolved at a later date. CCC can also coordinate financing, guarantees and special arrangements for projects it has a role in.”

The letter also endorses “the involvement of SNC-Lavalin as a capable infrastructure developer on this design, finance, build and operate project.”

McGowan said the guarantee of the $700 million is strong and secure, adding that either of the two developers working with the ALNAC—Canadian based SNC Lavalin or LCOR could fund the airport individually.   Singer is “raising a smokescreen,” McGowan said. “That’s exactly what he’s doing.”

 McGowan said the issue is the money—“and SNC-Lavalin and LCOR have the $700 million
of their own money to build the airport,” he said.

While Singer and others have raised issue with the ethics of the SNC-Lavalin, McGowan said the companies do infrastructure work worldwide. “We have confidence in these companies to build the airport.”

The CCC “is the backup—it’s the financial backup,” McGowan said, adding, it is just “additional insurance to move forward.”

For more on the Peotone Airport, visit http://willcountynewspeotoneairportnews.blogspot.com

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Illiana Corridor Planning Team Adds 2 New Proposed Routes for Illiana Expressway

According to the Illiana Corridor Planning Team Website, the Planning Team is preliminarily recommending two more corridors in addition to the B3 corridor which passes near Wilmington, Illinois.   The two new corridors were added for further study after many comments by the public after the B3 was recommended as the preferred corridor.

The two new corridors--A3S2 and and B4 can be viewed on the interactive map below:

View Recommended Corridors A3S2, B3, B4 Interactive Map in a larger map




To submit a comment to the Illiana Planning Team, go here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tinley Park Mental Health Center Closure Hearing

On April 10, 2012, the State of Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability held a hearing on the closure of the Tinley Park Mental Health Center.  Administrators from the State of Illinois Division Of Mental Health described to the committee the plan in place to transfer the care of patients to community hospitals and mental health providers.


Part of the crowd of attendees at the Tinley Park Mental Health Center Closure Hearing in South Holland

Part of the crowd at the Tinley Park Mental Health Center Closure Hearing
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow's testimony at the Tinley Park Mental Health Center Closure Hearing:


Video of hearing:



More at youtube.com/willcountynews

Monday, April 9, 2012

Tinley Park Mental Health Center Closure Hearing Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 3 P.M.

The State of Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability will hold a public hearing on the proposed closure of the Tinley Park Mental Health Center April 10, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the South Suburban College Athletic Field House, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. 


The Commission previously held a hearing on the Tinley Park Mental Health Center's closure in November of 2011.  To read testimony given at that meeting and to hear audio from that meeting, go here.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hundreds Attend Hearing on Illinois Youth Center-Joliet

Hundred attended a hearing today on the proposed closing of the Illinois Youth Center-Joliet.  More info on state's rational for the proposed closure and public comment here.

State Senator Pat McGuire spoke out in favor of keeping IYC-Joliet open at today's hearing: 
"Illinois Youth Center Joliet is our state's only maximum security
facility for young male offenders," McGuire said.  "As we tighten the
belt, we must protect the core services the State of Illinois provides
to its residents. Public safety is a paramount core service. The
governor's proposal to close IYC Joliet threatens public safety and
poses far-reaching dangerous effects."

In February, Governor Quinn proposed closing dozens of state service
centers, including IYC Joliet.  According to state law, the bipartisan
Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CoGFA), an
organization that represents the Illinois General Assembly, must hold a
series of hearings before any facility that employs more than 25 workers
can be closed.  CoGFA then issues a recommendation that the facility
either be closed or left open.  Though the commission's recommendation
is purely advisory, no governor has ever closed a facility over CoGFA's
objections.

"I respect the governor's good intentions toward the people of
Illinois," McGuire added.  "However, the proposal to close IYC Joliet
appears to be rushed, haphazard, and narrowly focused on bricks and
mortar.  The administration today offered fuzzy math and vague plans.
In contrast, the IYC staff and chaplain presented specifics about
effective services and the multimillion dollar capital investments the
state has made in the facility in the past three years alone." 

CoGFA will hold at least one more hearing on IYC Joliet, but the date of
the next hearing has not yet been scheduled.
State Senator Pat McGuire speaks at the hearing on the proposed closing of the Illinois Youth Center-Joliet


Joliet City Council members Bob O'Dekirk and Larry Hug wear "Save IYC Joliet" shirts in the front row of today's hearing on the facility's possible closure



Hearing on the possible closing of the Illinois Youth Center-Joliet at the Renaissance Center

Hearing on the possible closing of the Illinois Youth Center-Joliet at the Renaissance Center



-more video coming soon-

Sunday, April 1, 2012

No Crete Detention Center March and Rally

People opposed to the proposed immigrant detention center in Crete, Illinois walked from Chicago and arrived in Crete today, April 1, 2012.  The walkers were joined in Crete by locals opposed to the proposed detention center.  Here are some photos from the event:
Marchers from Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Catholic Mission


Marchers prepare to leave Chicago Heights to go to Crete

Marchers head south toward Crete from Route 1 and 26th Street in Chicago Heights


Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. marches with those opposed to a proposed immigrant detention center in Crete, Illinois


Girl holds sign at the rally against a proposed immigrant detention center in Crete, Illinois


Sign at the rally against the proposed Crete immigrant detention center


Marchers in Chicago Heights
Sign at the Rally and March against a proposed immigrant detention center in Crete, Illinois, "It's better to die on your feet than live on your knees"
Sign at No Crete Detention Center rally and march

Palms were distributed at the No Crete Detention Center march and rally


People opposed to a proposed immigrant detention center in Crete, Illinois marched to the site in protest

Marchers reach the site of the proposed detention center