Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future
In 2011, the Tollway completed a comprehensive 18-month review and public discussion of the Illinois Tollway's needs for its existing system and opportunities to improve regional mobility. As a result of the public input and discussion, the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors adopted the 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.
Move Illinois is addressing the needs of the existing Tollway system, as well as:
- Rebuilding and widening the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as a 21st century, state-of-the-art corridor linking Rockford to O'Hare International Airport;
- Constructing a new, all-electronic interchange to connect the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57;
- Building the new, all-electronic Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project;
- Planning studies for emerging projects.
Move Illinois will improve mobility, relieve congestion, reduce pollution and link economies across Northern Illinois.
Further, Move Illinois will be the "cleanest and greenest" program in the Tollway's history by seeking to minimize the environmental impact of new roadway construction by reducing, recycling and reusing materials.
The Move Illinois Program is projected to create as many as 120,000 permanent jobs and add $21 billion to the economy. The Illinois Tollway is committed to ensuring that this region remains competitive with other major cities in the U.S. and around the world and unlocking the economic potential of the region for years to come.
The Move Illinois Program is funded by bonds and toll revenue generated through a toll rate increase for passenger vehicles in 2012 and a previously approved increase for commercial vehicles beginning in 2015.