Kim Stengel and her husband built their dream home in Lowell, but it's now threatened by the Illiana Expressway which would pass through their backyard.
A decade ago, Kim and Dave Stengel slept in a brother's South Chicago Heights basement for seven months and spent all their spare time on a home-building site in a rural subdivision just north of Lowell.
Jean Hulsey, 88, stands in front of family portraits in the farmhouse where she and her late husband raised eight children on Holtz Road, north of Lowell. She has protested the Illiana Expressway for years, which would run just north of the farm's small fields, where an overpass would be bui…
A 30-foot embankment carrying the Illiana Expressway would come right up to the backyards of the homes, shown here, of neighbors Kim Stengel and Sue Dickinson in this subdivision north of Lowell. They and their families built their homes there more than a decade ago with the hope of retiring…
This is the farmhouse where Jean Hulsey, 88, and her late husband raised eight children. The proposed Illiana Expressway will run just north of her land.
Neighbors Kim Stengel, left, and Sue Dickinson and their families built what they describe as their dream homes outside of Lowell more than a decade ago. Stengel's home is seen in the background. The Illiana Expressway would run on a 30-foot-high embankment just a stone's throw to the left of them.
Jean Hulsey, 88, takes her dog out from the farmhouse north of Lowell where she and her late husband raised eight children. The proposed Illiana Expressway will run just north of her land.
Jean Hulsey, 88, stands before an outbuilding and silo that were part of the farm where she, her husband and eight children milked two dozen Guernseys. The proposed Illiana Expressway would run just north of her land and home.
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