Hundred of citizens attended a public hearing on the proposed Illiana Expressway tonight at Peotone High School. The hearing was held by the Illinois and Indiana Departments of Transportation for the purpose of presenting and requesting comments on the Illiana Corridor Study Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS describes results of the study team's evaluation of the three proposed corridors (A3S2, B3, and B4) and the "no-build" alternative that have been carried forward for further study.
Detailed map of the proposed corridors here.
|A group from Lowell, Indiana collects signatures against the building of the Illiana Expressway|
Public Forum on Illiana Expressway:
Peotone Village President Richard Duran stated the Village of Peotone passed a resolution supporting Corridors B3, B4. The resolution also stated the Board of Peotone is against quick take:
Mayor of Channahon, Illinois Joe Cook spoke out against the A3S2 corridor:
Wilmington Mayor Marty Orr testifies that the Illiana B3 corridor will have a tremendous negative impact on Wilmington. Orr stated "We have constantly presented an alternative that will reduce if not eliminate those impacts by utilizing a small portion of Midewin Tallgrass Prairie....without any consideration given to that alternative the City of Wilmington passed a resolution of the No Build option for the Illiana Expressway":
Members of the public and homeowners in the proposed Expressway's path raised questions about how the State would buy each homeowner's land, how would the State determine a price, and other questions related to land acquisition: