Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Groups on both sides trying to fill the “void of information” on controversial Rt. 53 extension
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Groups on both sides trying to fill the “void of information” on controversial Rt. 53 extension

Friday, May 19, 2017

* Dan Moran in the Lake County News-Sun

This spring marks five years since backers of the Route 53 extension allowed themselves to feel a sense of optimism following the release of a Blue Ribbon Advisory Council report which endorsed construction of a four-lane “modern parkway” with a 45-mph maximum speed and a “context sensitive” design. […]

But even without taking sides, it’s fair to say that momentum on the Route 53 project — to use a generic name for what would actually be a Route 53 extension from Long Grove to Grayslake and a Route 120 bypass around Grayslake — is not moving in the direction of seeing the roadway turning its first spade of dirt […]

It’s also fair to observe that, if there is a current void of information regarding any progress toward Route 53 becoming reality, opponents of Route 53 have been filling it with their messaging. Periodic protests and public statements against the whole idea were echoed Tuesday with the release of a report from the consumer-watchdog United States Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), which included Route 53/120 on its third somewhat-annual list of “Highway Boondoggles” around the country.

“Year after year, state and local governments propose billions of dollars’ worth of new and expanded highways that often do little to reduce congestion or address real transportation challenges, while diverting scarce funding from infrastructure repairs and 21st century transportation priorities,” the report states, swinging for the fences.

“These projects, some originally proposed decades ago, double down on the failed transportation strategies of the past while causing harm to local communities and absorbing scarce transportation dollars.”

* Press release…

The Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA) today launched a major cable, radio, and digital ad campaign supporting the Illinois Route 53 expansion project.

The campaign features IRTBA’s first television advertisement of the year. “Works” highlights the significant benefits the Route 53 expansion project will bring to Lake County.

In addition to reducing congestion and traffic, saving the average commuter 20 hours per month, the Route 53 project will boost the Lake County economy by creating up to 30,000 new full-time jobs without harming the environment.

“The Route 53 project will enhance the quality of life for residents of Lake County by creating new full-time jobs and reducing traffic so residents have more time to spend with their families,” IRTBA President & CEO Michael Sturino said.

* TV ad

The radio ad is here.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

9 Comments
  1. - Northsider - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 1:39 pm:

    The ad itself, C. It’s an average advocacy spot.

    The content is, well, two initials. A major highway expansion that won’t hurt the environment? Please; that’s utter nonsense.

    Besides, induced demand will choke the 53 extension — just like it will the Toll Authority’s widening of the Tri-State and the Illiana (God forbid it should ever be built).

    The better, smarter options are to invest in transit and making it easier for people to get around without cars. Even more importantly, reduce sprawl by ending the spatial mismatch of jobs and homes; change suburban zoning codes that force the segregation of housing, retail/commercial and other uses.

    More highways = more traffic = more pollution.


  2. - Responsa - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 1:47 pm:

    Failure to adequately gauge and plan for the traffic patterns, population shift trends and economic engines of the future has been a frequent mistake both by regional entities and local governments. The Gary Airport pipe dream of course was a boondoggle of the first order and recognized as such by any sentient being. This Lake County Route 53 extension on the other hand does not really seem to fall into the boondoggle category.


  3. - phocion - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 1:57 pm:

    CMAP put Route 53 extension at the top of its high priority projects. This is an agency that fought the Illiana tooth and nail, so their endorsement of 53 means a lot more than the typical PIRG knee-jerk reaction against any highway construction. Lake County needs this project if it expects to remain competitive.


  4. - Not It - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 2:00 pm:

    Lake County’s transportation infrastructure is abysmal, stemming from Senator Geo Karris not allowing the county to be included in a county motor fuel tax.


  5. - cover - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 2:03 pm:

    I’m with Northsider.


  6. - DuPage - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 2:49 pm:

    -@ Northsider - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 1:39 pm:
    ===More highways = more traffic = more pollution.===

    No. Not enough highways = traffic jams and stop and go traffic = more pollution.

    More highways where needed = less stop and go = less pollution.

    Cars give off more pollution stopping and starting then traveling at a steady speed.


  7. - Realistic out west - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 2:52 pm:

    It’s great Northsider walks to work, is a great seamstress who has cotton and wool along with food grown in his back yard, on top of outstanding carpentry skills to build his housing from the trees he cut from his back yard for his crops, because he obviously is self sustaining. Me, I live west nowhere near transit, don’t grow my own food and buy my clothes and can’t operate a hammer. I also have friends around the 9-county area, shop from brick and mortar to invigorate the economy and love the freedom of my car but hate to sit in idling traffic incfreasing polution.


  8. - Amalia - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 3:22 pm:

    Add a solid B. transit planning like this– more please! the take public transportation and ride a bike crowd does not seem to understand that the core of jobs in the Chicago area has been moving north and west of O’Hare for quite some time now and there is a strong need to get to the jobs. this addresses that need. People want the freedom of a car. People also need to move easily to doctors appointments and for some conditions, staying out of public transportation is a must. I avoid driving in central Chicago as much as possible because of all the goofy parking lane, bus platform, and bike lane approach that has stalled commerce in the form of car movement.someone smart should look at bottlenecks and address them. the public would be thrilled. traffic flowing well would not just reduce time wasted, but anxiety and rode rage.


  9. - Ted - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 4:35 pm:

    DuPage, if life were that simple we wouldn’t need any education. More highways = MORE congestion not less. Or is Los Angeles a traffic free paradise? Lake County needs better planning not a boondoggle road builder’s plan. The last environmental impact statement proved building the road creates more problems than just doing the baseline improvements including widening arterial roads and adding turn lanes. And the $$Billions in savings can be invested in many better ways. Or left in the pockets of Lake County citizens.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Brady makes some unusual appointments to discrimination and harassment task force
* Pritzker sues endorser, deletes ad she appeared in
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Candidate announcement
* Best tweet of the day
* Question of the day
* Roskam race moved to "Toss Up" by Cook Political Report
* Kennedy lashes out at Emanuel, while Pritzker takes a softer approach
* Rauner refuses to weigh in on federal tax legislation
* Reports: Former Munger firm gets $12.5 million no-bid contract after a $12 million payment was frozen by Mendoza
* "Every time I see a little kid waving I always try to wave back"
* Londrigan, EMILY's List stand by their false statements
* In praise of Mary Ann Ahern
* George Will: Illinois "approaching a death spiral"
* Rauner urged to sign education funding "cleanup" bill
* Republican Party wants Durbin, Duckworth to give away Franken's cash
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Open thread
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Chuck Sweeny: After three years of silence, act.....
* Home medical-equipment vendors worried about Me.....
* Statehouse Insider: Republican primary for gove.....
* Statehouse Insider: Republican primary for gove.....
* Emergency contracts awarded for janitorial work..
* Chuck Sweeny: After three years of silence, act.....
* Parkhurst vs. Dugan? Let’s get ready for a poli.....


* Chicago-area school chief who is to resign denies harassment
* Ex-Merrillville councilman admits guilt in bribery case
* Newspaper investigation finds Illinois raffle irregularities
* Newspaper investigation finds Illinois raffle irregularities
* $80M Mississippi River bridge opens from Illinois to Iowa
* $80M Mississippi River bridge opens from Illinois to Iowa
* New temporary US attorney named for central Illinois
* New temporary US attorney named for central Illinois
* EXCHANGE: Ex-general says military is a 'young man's game'
* EXCHANGE: Illinois family's service spans generations

* Electric cars, better fuel efficiency spell doom for Illinois gas tax
* Springfield wants out of legislation limiting payments for 5G antennas
* Fact check: Are Gov. Rauner's grandparents immigrants?
* Londrigan accused of attacking Davis for 'opposite' of remarks
* Gov. Rauner signs sex harassment legislation
* Under the Dome Podcast: Governor's race, sexual harassment, Rodney Davis
* Macoupin Co. highway renamed in honor of soldier who died in Vietnam
* Macoupin Co. highway renamed in honor of solder who died in Vietnam
* Schoenburg: Rep. Davis leads new caucus, pleased with White House access
* Rep. Davis leads new caucus, pleased with White House access

* Here's how Baker McKenzie profits from offshore tax system
* Cards Against Humanity works to maintain its naughtiness
* The either/or world of Cards Against Humanity: Funny or Die
* Why do people give? Not for the tax break.
* Wise up: Government budgets in Illinois are not balanced


* Death of McHenry County Jail inmate under investigation
* 21-year-old man shot in West Humboldt Park
* Former Bears, Illini standout J.C. Caroline dies at 84
* Northwestern routs Minnesota behind Clayton Thorson, Justin Jackson
* Man hit, killed by vehicle in Logan Square
* AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64
* Left has been all right for Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy
* Kris Dunn and his swag ready to start changing opinions of his game
* Bank robbed in Wilmington
* Milwaukee man charged with murder for fatal crash after carjacking


* Matt Boyle make triumphant return, but Benet falls to Batavia in 7A semifinals
* A CEO's nightmare: An endorsement from the alt-right
* Former Bears, Illini standout J.C. Caroline dead at 84
* Man dies after being found shot in driveway, Graylake police say
* 290 coaches, officials tied to U.S. Olympic groups have been accused of sexual misconduct since 1982
* Robocalls unplugged: Phone companies get new tools to block spam calls
* Woman fought off knife-wielding attacker by hitting him with her phone: Lake Forest police
* Police, first responders get drone training at Elgin Community College
* The truth behind the 'first marijuana overdose death' headlines
* Rep says David Cassidy in hospital, 'surrounded by family'


» State Week: Are Voters Thinking About 2018?
» Legislative Checklist: Veto Session
» How 3 Women Want To Make Illinois’ Political Future Female
» Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Seizure Of Woman’s Harley
» Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Seizure Of Woman's Harley
» Statehouse Ethical Issues Might Need Outside Oversight, Legislators Say
» Prosecutor: No More Indictments In Laquan McDonald Shooting
» Metra Board OKs Budget With Service Cuts, Fare Hikes In 2018
» For Illinois Sex Offenders, Six Years Can Turn Into Life In Prison
» State Week: Harassment Training, Veto Wins And Losses, Late Payments


* Our View: It’s time for decision on YWCA block
* Electric cars, better fuel efficiency spell doom for Illinois gas tax
* Ed Rogers: A Clinton special counsel won't help Republicans in 2018
* Guest View: Rural health care providers deserve our thanks
* Springfield wants out of legislation limiting payments for 5G antennas
* Fact check: Are Gov. Rauner's grandparents immigrants?
* Thumbs Up: To Springfield for seeking what the city is owed from Comcast
* Guest View: Federal tax reform bill will harm college students
* Guest View: Tax reform is key to Illinois growth
* Londrigan accused of attacking Davis for 'opposite' of remarks


* LIVE! Ohio State
* Rajic wins two state titles; Tuscola, GCMS football advance to state
* Marion County judge picked to preside over Duebbert criminal case
* Rain, wind advisories in play for East Central Illinois
* East St. Louis school board president’s son shot dead during altercation
* 5 Questions with Amber D. Kaylor, Children's Museum of Illinois executive director
* Where's my TV guide?
* Sister Antona Ebo, B-N native and civil rights leader, dies at 93
* PHOTOS: Decatur Park District’s 43rd Annual Turkey Trot
* High winds, hail possible as storms rumble through region


* Arkansas State moves into tie atop Sun Belt with 30-12 win
* Richard, Wilkins lead Arizona St past Oregon St 40-24
* Grammar Moses: If I leaped to your defense, would you be angry?
* Huntley District 158 superintendent to resign
* Great Outdoors: Blackhawks vs. Bruins in 2019 Winter Classic

* Hultgren and Ruppersberger: Protect infras...
* Hultgren, Roskam help deliver tax bill for...
* US lawmakers urge Trump to prod Rody on dr...
* This RSS feed URL is deprecated
* Rep. Randy Hultgren congratulates McHenry ...
* 3 suburban GOP reps provide crucial votes ...
* US lawmakers to Duterte: 'Sovereignty does...
* Local Congressmen React to the Passage of ...
* DOJ to ban US lawmakers should Duterte ord...
* Hultgren whishes McHenry County College a ...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* Randi Weingarten’s secret meeting with Steve Bannon.
* Believe women.
* SNL Watch Party at SMG-Chatham
* The Weekend Desk Report
* The Weekend In Chicago Rock
* The Week In Chicago Rock
* Sunday week in review.
* Keeping retirement weird. Our Miss Brooks.
* SportsMonday: Peak Bears
* Trump FCC Opens Corporate Media Merger Floodgates


* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* [Sponsored] Take advantage of Tomtop’s electric treadmill flash sale!
* NFL may expand match livestreaming away from Verizon phones
* Razer Hammerhead USB-C earbuds designed to compliment Razer Phone
* Honor V10 specs reportedly include headphone jack, slightly smaller battery
* The Razer Phone is now available at select Microsoft Stores
* HomePod unceremoniously delayed until early 2018
* Project Fi wants you to “Fi it Forward” for the holidays

* Sporcle Saturday: Top player performances
* LIVE: MLB Awards unveiled on Network
* White Sox face roster call on Clarkin, 6 more
* Thyago Vieira brings missing heat to White Sox bullpen battle
* MLB Awards grand finale (7 CT, MLB Network)
* White Sox trade for hard-throwing Vieira
* White Sox acquire prospect Vieira from M's


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller