Saturday, February 06, 2010

This is How Government - Illinois-style - Works

This is a very Illinois-centric rant. If you don't care about Illinois, avert your eyes. However, you should take note that the Illinois-style of get-mine-while-the-getting-is-good-school of politics is now in Washington, DC.

So it works, or doesn't as the case may be. Elgin-O'Hare Expressway ain't goin' nowhere

No one has heard of this expressway. Even people in suburban Chicago don't know about this expressway. I have no idea why it was built.
Where to put the confounded highway and how to pay for it have held it up for decades, leading to the well-worn quote about how the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway goes neither to O'Hare or Elgin.
It stops short of the airport by about 5 miles and just dumps traffic onto surface streets. (Luckily, there isn't much traffic.) On the "Elgin End" it doesn't even get within 5 miles - more like 10 or 15 - of Elgin, but the "Hanover Park/Itasca expressway" just doesn't fall off the lips so easily.

So after decades of not doing anything with this expressway, Illinois is looking to do something. (Can you spell "stimulus?")

Of course if you actually wanted to get from O'Hare to Elgin, there is a perfectly good expressway - Interstate 90 - that connects via the feeder roads out of the airport and will take you to within about 3 miles of Elgin.

I'm sure this will have tremendous economic impact of the cousin/brother-in-law/whoever that gets the contract.

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