Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Breaking: Governor Rauner Stops Illiana Expressway

Governor Rauner issued a news release outlining steps his administration is taking "to begin balancing the phony Madigan-Cullerton budget."

The Illiana Expressway was included on the list of steps the Governor will take
"In light of the state's current fiscal crisis and a lack of sufficient capital resources, the Illiana Expressway will not move forward at this time. As a result, the Illinois Department of Transportation will remove the project from its current multi-year plan. It is the determination of IDOT that the project costs exceed currently available resources. The Department will begin the process of suspending all existing project contracts and procurements."

The Sierra Club released the following statement in response to Rauner's decision:
"We're pleased that IDOT has heard the concerns of farmers, local officials and business owners. This project would not only waste taxpayer money, but would disrupt their way of life. We pledge to work with local citizens and leaders to plan for transportation solutions for Will Co. and for creating jobs while making the best use of public resources. "