Illiana is Coming - When?

Illiana is Coming - When?

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Since: Jul 12

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#1 Dec 4, 2012
I was just reading a piece from a publication called "Illinois Issues." There were some interesting comments concerning the funding and time the Illiana should even start due to lack of funding in both Indiana and Illinois. The expert I am talking about is as follows:

"Illinois and Indiana lawmakers resurrected a century-old plan this year for a highway to connect Chicago’s south suburbs with the Hoosier State. Now Gov. Pat Quinn and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels say they are trying to put together a deal to finally build the Illiana Expressway, promising it would create thousands of new jobs and relief for other congested highways.

But Indiana, with a budget surplus of nearly $1 billion, doesn’t have enough cash to build its 10-mile stretch of the roughly 50-mile road. Illinois, much worse off, doesn’t either. Instead, the governors want private developers to help build it, in Daniels’ words,“with other people’s money.”

The article goes on to state that:

"Using public dollars to build the Illiana would likely take at least another decade, if not longer. At the bill-signing ceremony in Lansing, though, Quinn told reporters the public/private method means the Illiana could be built within as few as six years."

So my question is this - Is there really going to be an Illiana or are we just worrying about our homes for nothing? I still think about how the homes were bought out for the Peotone Airport years ago and there still isn't an airport there.

Just wondering what you all think about all of this. You can read this at the following link:

http://illinoisissues.uis.edu/archives/2010/0...

Since: Jul 12

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#2 Dec 4, 2012
*sorry about the couple of spelling errors.*
federal money

Wheaton, IL

#3 Dec 5, 2012
Correct me if i'm wrong but from what i understand jan 1st of 2013 illinois will be recieving 1.37 billion dollars toward the illianna and in 2014 1.39 billion idot is already got this money on the books for this project they also moved quikly with quick take

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#4 Dec 5, 2012
Thanks for bringing that up. I will check into that and see what is up. I guess I was just curious as to what has been happening recently.

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