Projects in Your Community



The Illinois Tollway is working closely with communities, businesses, elected officials, environmental and transportation organizations to plan for improvements. Public and stakeholder input is an important part of this process.

Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Corridor Planning Council

As part of the 15-year, $12 billion Move Illinois Program, the Tollway is developing a master plan to reconstruct I-294 from Balmoral Avenue to 95th Street. 

The Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Corridor plays an integral role in the 292-mile Tollway system. As the Tollway embarks upon this major reconstruction project, the Tollway has established the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Corridor Planning Council to help develop a common understanding of the issues and concerns that should be considered as the Illinois Tollway prioritizes its investments. In addition to the Corridor Planning Council, the Tollway will host public open house meetings, community briefings and work with residents and businesses to provide information and answer questions throughout the planning process.

I-90 Corridor


The Illinois Tollway is working closely with communities, businesses, elected officials, transit and transportation organizations to plan for and implement improvements as part of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project. In addition, the Tollway continues to host public open house meetings, community briefings and works with residents and businesses to provide information and answer questions.


The Council's Guiding Principles

The Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Corridor Planning Council has completed an assessment on how to combine the reconstruction of the Tollway's portion of I-90 with plans to reduce congestion and increase environmentally sound transportation options throughout the corridor, including express bus lanes and congestion pricing.

The Council's Findings and Recommendations document includes a series of recommendations to create a state-of-the-art corridor that will better connect the Rockford and Chicago metropolitan areas. The Council's Final Resolution supports the implementation of managed lanes on I-90.

Co-chaired by the Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the I-90 Corridor Planning Council also included representatives from:

  • The Illinois Department of Transportation
  • Regional transit and transportation planning agencies
  • Local business and environmental groups
  • Five county boards along the I-90 corridor
  • Legislators
  • Northwest Municipal Conference

Chicago Regional Congestion Pricing Study

This study looks at the feasibility of using congestion pricing to manage peak period traffic congestion in the Chicago region and appraise the potential of implementing pricing to increase the use of alternate travel modes and enhance the capacity on the region's expressway system.

Congestion pricing of existing tolled facilities operated by the Illinois Tollway, and existing non-tolled interstate highways are evaluated. Both fixed and variable pricing are considered in the study, together with pricing differentials for electronic toll collection and vehicle types. The study involved extensive public and stakeholder outreach effort to evaluate the level of support and feasibility of various pricing strategies.

Illinois Route 53/120 Project

About the Feasibility Analysis

In 2012, the Illinois Route 53/120 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council (BRAC) proposed the Illinois Route 53/120 Project as a 21st century urban highway – a modern boulevard with a small footprint to protect the natural environment and preserve the character of Lake County, while providing much needed congestion relief and greater connectivity. The Tollway's Board of Directors reviewed the BRAC recommendations and agreed to move forward with a coordinated, corridorwide land use plan led by Lake County and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, as well as a feasibility analysis to determine how the project can be financed.

For more information on the project and to view the draft potential map of the Illinois Route 53/120 Project, click on the Fact Sheet link on the right.

To determine how the project can be financed, the Tollway's feasibility analysis will focus on five key study areas: design, environmental, financing, operations and regulatory. Also, as guided by the BRAC Summary report, the financing effort needs to "analyze potential funding options and pursue corridor concepts to the extent that they are financially viable, fiscally sustainable and equitable."

The Tollway's feasibility analysis is anticipated to be complete in early 2015. While this effort will not determine the exact location and configuration of the route nor a construction timeline, it may provide a foundation for future design and construction efforts.

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Finance Committee

As part of a partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and Lake County, the Tollway is forming and leading a Finance Committee, which will consider detailed project information from the feasibility analysis to develop a financing strategy for the project. Ultimately, the Finance Committee will seek to answer the questions "Is the project feasible?" and "Should the Tollway build the project?" Its work will be the basis to develop a recommendation to the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors as to whether the Tollway should continue to move forward with the project.

At the same time, CMAP will form and lead a Land Use Committee that will recommend a corridor land use plan. 

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Land Use Committee

In parallel with the Tollway's Feasibility Analysis and project Finance Committee, CMAP is leading a corridor Land Use Committee comprised of representatives of local municipalities and other stakeholders. The Land Use Committee will participate in and help guide the land use planning process. At the end of the planning effort, Land Use Committee members will be asked to recommend adoption of and municipalities and Lake County will ultimately be asked to vote to approve the land use plan. This effort is in response to the Blue Ribbon Advisory Council's recommendation for a corridor plan that integrates land use, transportation, economic development and open space.

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Blue Ribbon Advisory Council

The Blue Ribbon Advisory Council includes local elected officials, transportation and planning agencies and a diverse group of environmental, civic, business and labor representatives that serve in an advisory capacity as the current phase of work gets underway. While the bulk of the BRAC's work is complete, the primary objective in this phase is to ensure that the Tollway's efforts align with the groundwork laid by the Blue Ribbon Advisory Council in 2012.

In this next phase, the Tollway, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), and Lake County will partner on a feasibility analysis and corridor land use plan, both of which were recommended by the BRAC as next steps for the Illinois Route 53/120 Project.

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