Parkway News Coverage Prior to 2009
The federal government has withdrawn its approval of the proposed
Prairie Parkway which would connect I-80 and I-88 in Kane, Kendall,
and Grundy counties under an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by
opponents of the highway project.
The action eliminates federal funding for the
project, and the Illinois Department of Transportation will now shift
federal funds previously allocated to the Prairie Parkway to
improvements to Illinois 47 and US 34.
In 2010 the
Illinois Tollway was looking at the Prairie Parkway as a future
tollway project, one of five under consideration. The tollway
board met in September 2010 to the review the project and heard from a
number of Prairie Parkway opponents.
On June 30, 2011, the Tollway announced the list of projects for
further consideration -- dropping only the Prairie Parkway.
Still in the running for future tollways are (1) the Elgin
O'Hare Expressway and western bypass to O'Hare; (2) extending Illinois
53 north into Lake and McHenry counties; (3) the proposed Illiana
Expressway into Indiana through the southern suburbs; (4) and
rebuilding Interstate 90 to Rockford. Also added to the list was
the I-294 interchange with I-57.
Department of Transportation issued its 2013-2018 Highway Improvement
Program this spring, and it includes no funding for the Prairie
Parkway. None. No mention. Nothing. Just as
there has been no Prairie Parkway funding included since 2008.
however, included a major change: For Fiscal Year 2013 which
began July 1, 2012, IDOT is planning to shift the federal funding
previously pegged for the Prairie Parkway to improvements to IL 47 and
US 34. Of course, IDOT has already squandered some $70 million
on the moribund Prairie Parkway and purchased about 250 acres for the
Highway Improvement Program description of the IL 47 and US 34 work
from Caton Farm Road to 0.6 mile north of Interstate 80 at Morris.
with additional lanes for 12 miles, culvert replacements, bridge
replacements, land acquisition, utility adjustments and construction
engineering are programmed during FY 2013-2018 at a cost of $98.9
million. Of this total, land acquisition is programmed in FY 2013 at a
cost of $3 million. SAFETEA-LU provided $81 million in NCII funds for
US 34 from
Illinois 47 to Orchard Road west of Oswego.
with additional lanes for 3.5 miles, curb and gutter, new storm sewer,
land acquisition, construction engineering and utility adjustments are
programmed during FY 2013-2018 at a cost of $36.6 million. Of this
total, land acquisition is programmed in FY 2013 at a cost of $1
million. SAFETEA-LU provided $29.2 million in NCII funds for this
the 2013-2018 Highway Improvement Program (District 3) online.
In December 2005,
just five months after he secured $207 million in federal
funds for the Prairie Parkway, House Speaker Dennis
Hastert sold 138 acres of land near the highway route,
netting him a $2 million profit on land held for three
years or less. See additional details in Prairie
Parkway News Coverage
and in a Report
prepared by the Sunlight Foundation,
a Washington DC based Congressional watchdog organization.
group on 2006 called for a Department of Justice
investigation of Hastert's land dealings and highway
"earmarks." See the details at the Citizens
for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington website.
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