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Illiana foes cheer its apparent demise


Opponents of the Illiana toll road are elated but remain a bit skeptical about Gov. Bruce Rauner’s announcement that the controversial road will be removed from the state’s multi-year transportation plan.

“The Illiana … is on hold indefinitely due to the refusal of the General Assembly to pass a budget that includes any meaningful reforms,” Carson Quinn, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Transportation, said in an email, adding that IDOT has stopped all funding for the project.

“This is a key first step to bringing an end to this boondoggle,” said Howard Learner, executive director of the Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center, which has filed three lawsuits in an effort to stop the project…Please click here to read Susan DeMar Lafferty’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

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