Know details before backing Illiana Expressway

2013-11-18T00:00:00Z Know details before backing Illiana Expressway nwitimes.com
November 18, 2013 12:00 am

The Times has again opined on its support of the Illiana Tollway. The Oct. 21 editorial includes, “The details of that arrangement need to be worked out.”

Don’t you think those details should be known before you endorse it?

Bet on this. Those details will include language that guarantees a certain profit for the private operators of the Illiana at taxpayer expense.

NIRPC completed the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan two years ago that focuses on renewing urban areas, concentrating growth in municipal centers, preserving rural and agricultural heritage and protecting open spaces.

Hundreds of residents of Northwest Indiana participated in creating the 2040 plan, yet The Times and the proponents of the Illiana promote a plan 180 degrees in opposition to the core tenets of the plan.

Daniel Burnham would loathe our current philosophy of development.

- Jim Sweeney, Schererville

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