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EDITORIAL: CMAP disputes details, still shows benefits

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning analysis that questions the estimated costs and benefits for the Illiana Expressway needs to be re-examined.

Underlying much of CMAP’s criticism is lack of knowledge about the project’s details, through no fault of that agency.

The Illiana Expressway project is moving quickly, as these projects go. Sure, it was first proposed by Daniel Burnham more than a century ago, but real action on the proposal has been just within the last several years.

Building it as a public-private partnership will make construction affordable, but the details aren’t known yet because the plan is still being shopped around. Some of the details aren’t known or can’t be released as a result…Please click here to read the rest of the Times Editorial Board’s opinion, or a related story in the Southtown Star.

Comments on the proposed Illiana Corridor amendment to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s GO TO 2040 plan are due by Sept. 3. Send comments  to, or CMAP, Attn.: ATTN Plan and TIP Amendments 233 S. Wacker Drive., Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: (312) 454-0400

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