Illinois and Indiana need the Illiana Expressway

Predictably, Chicago's greenies have found another highway to despise.

It's the proposed and needed Illiana toll road in the far south suburbs, linking Interstate Highway 55 in southern Will County, the proposed south suburban airport and I-65 in southern Lake County, Ind.

Sadly, their opposition has more to do with ideology than reality. More sadly, they have effectively rallied their forces, raising the distinct possibility that this necessary regional infrastructure improvement will be permanently snuffed out. Even sadder, it's another slight of the Southland — the part of the Chicago region that traditionally stands last in line, hat in hand.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune

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