So where are the jobs in south county going to come from if the Illiana isn't built?
NIRPC doesn't have the ability to do all those things. It is a paper-shuffling federally mandated agency through which much money passes through.
Craig is saying that people in Lowell and othe nearby locales have built lives and lifestyles there that are threatened by this initiative.
Paper-shuffling is an apt description, Rich.
Marc, that's pretty much what the locals said when Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was created. But it's a huge benefit to the entire region.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is the ultimate preservation of a natural area. The Illiana is absolutely nothing like that.
I would think safety would be improved if the new highway is built. It would siphon trucks off other nearby roads.
South Lake County will not be the first rural area in America impacted by growth. And, it won't be the last.
I know of what I speak. I covered NIRPC for 30 years. I respect the planners, but they don't write the rules.
Our Editorial Board members' homes are scattered throughout the region. That road would zig and zag quite a bit if it were to go through all our yards.
Agreed Harold. And Rich, I understand your point, too. Again, if you're going to take on a project like this, prove its need through empiracal data. In my mind, and in the minds of many of the opponents, that proof hasn't materialized.
The safety Mr. Earley likely was citing comes back to the EMS issue, Doug.
Less traffic on the Borman is safety.
I agree with Harold on the rail issue. If our nation invested more in rail infrastructure and rail freight rather than heavy trucks, all of our roads would be safer. Contiuously building new interstate highways isn't the best solution.
Ask Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence
Just as a reminder, both governors and both departments of transportation strongly support this road. So do Sens. Kirk and Coats, and I believe the others as well.
Congressman Visclosky is seeing that the lakefront gets redeveloped.
I'm all for revitalization of the lakeshore, and for rail expansion as well. But that need not preclude other development, including the Illiana, as well.
But not all trasnportation planners think it's a good idea. One of the Illinois groups gave it a thumbs down.
And props to the RDA for its leadership in Marquette Plan implementation.
When all the farmers have sold their land to developers, south county residents will be begging for the Illiana.
The MPC gave it a thumbs down, but that group is pretty focused on Chicago, not the suburbs.
Gina is right. The support for this isn't as unified as some would have you believe.