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Key Indiana panel OKs proposed Illiana Expressway

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A key regional planning group has given its OK to the proposed Illiana Expressway linking northwestern Indiana and Chicago's south suburbs.

The Times of Munster and the Post-Tribune reported the transportation policy committee of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission voted 18-8 with one abstention Tuesday to add the proposed $1.3 billion, 47-mile toll road to its master plan.

The committee action set the stage for a Dec. 12 vote by the NIRPC board on including the expressway in the transportation plan. A board rejection would halt the project.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn are backing the project to promote economic development. The road would connect Interstate 65 near Lowell, about 20 miles south of Gary, and I-55 in Will County, Ill.

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  • Simple!
    They need to be able to drive their one-to-a-vehicle 6,000 lb SUVs to the evil "big-city" for events and attractions or the suburbs of the evil "big-city" without sitting in traffic with hoi polloi.
  • $$$
    Where are all the Republicans and Tea Partiers protesting this massive un-needed spending on roads???? Why do they only throw a fit when the spending is done in urban areas???

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