Quinn signs Illiana Expy. bill allowing quick-take power

July 14, 2012 10:00:00 PM PDT
The first step in building a new expressway to link Interstate 55 in Will County with Interstate 65 in Northwest Indiana has gotten the go-ahead.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation authorizing the Illinois Department of Transportation to use quick-take power to acquire the necessary land.

Three possible corridors are now being considered for the so-called Illiana Expressway.

One route goes from I-55 near Wilmington directly east to I-65 just north of Lowell.

Another proposal has the expressway ending south of Lowell.

The third proposed route would skirt the northern side of the proposed third Chicago airport near Peotone.

The earliest construction could start is 2015.