Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors is expected to approve a new contract with TranSystem later this month.
Thursday, February 21
The Illinois Tollway’s Finance Administration Operations and Strategic Planning Committees today recommended approval of a $4 million contract award to Schaumburg-based TranSystems Corp. to continue to plan for the proposed extension of Illinois Route 53/120 in Lake County. “This is an important step forward for the Illinois Route 53/120 Extension, which is expected to create thousands of jobs and drive economic development in Lake County and the region for decades to come,” said Governor Pat Quinn. “This project can also serve as a national model for how to design and build a roadway that preserves and protects the environment and local communities.” The new contract recommended for approval today will develop a detailed engineering …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Proponents say funding will come from tolls; opponents believe other major arteries should be improved to alleviate traffic in Lake County.
Talk about the Route 53 extension has gone on for decades. The hope is the talk will finally become action to extend Route 53 from Lake Cook Road to Highway 120 in Lake County. The plan has received the support of Lake County and 12 villages and city councils, including the city of Lake Forest, have passed resolutions of support. And, in a 2009 county-wide referendum, 76 percent of voters favored extending Illinois Route 53. The project is also included in Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. However, talk is cheap and opponents say the Route 53 extension will not be and continue to question how it will be funded. Many Grayslake officials say they are ready to move forward with the project. …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Members recommend that the Illinois Tollway move forward with Route 53 extension.
The Illinois Route 53/120 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council on Friday completed nine months of discussion and deliberation with the approval of a final report recommending the Illinois Tollway move forward with an Illinois Route 53/120 Corridor project in Lake County. The group includes local elected officials, transportation and planning agencies and a diverse group of environmental, civic, business and labor representatives. The report will be presented to the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors in June. Co-chaired by David Stolman, Lake County Board chairman, and George Ranney, President and CEO of Metropolis Strategies, the Advisory Council’s work has focused on answering three primary questions: Is there consensus to move forward? What…
Monday, July 18, 2011
The Council, comprised of elected officials and representatives from many groups in and around Lake County, was created by the Illinois Tollway Authority to determine whether or not to move forward with the 12.5-mile extension..
A new Blue Ribbon Advisory Council created by the Illinois Toll Highway Authority has one year to make recommendations on whether or not to proceed with the proposed extension of Route 53, said Kristi Lafleur, Illinois tollway executive director at an Illinois Tollway Capital Planning Forum on Friday, July 15. The council, co-chaired by David Stolman, Lake County Board chair, and George Ranney, president and CEO of Metropolis Strategies and Prairie Holdings Corp., is comprised of elected officials, business representatives, planning agencies, and environmental and labor groups. If the Council recommends approving the extension, it also must develop an idea of the scope, timing, configuration, design and elements for it. “We’ve got the …