ROADS/BRIDGES: Illinois Governor nixes Illiana Expressway project due to state budget woes

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner discards the proposed Illiana Expressway project because of budget concerns.

June 03, 2015
Proposed Illiana Expressway
Proposed Illiana Expressway

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner rejected the proposed Illiana Expressway, which would have connected I-65 in Indiana with I-55 near Joliet, Ill., due to the state budget crisis.

The project conception began in 2010 with a memorandum of understanding between former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. The project was a joint venture with Indiana and intended to be a public-private partnership.

Illinois Department of Transportation officials decided "in light of the state's current fiscal crisis and a lack of sufficient capital resources, the Illiana Expressway will not move forward at this time. Project costs exceed currently available resources," a statement from Rauner said.

The project was estimated to cost taxpayers more than $1.1 billion. Supporters of the proposed toll road, including former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, said it would have created jobs and stimulated economic development.