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Empire building continues

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Topics:  Interstate Highway System

Empire building continues

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
July 18, 2013


Here it comes, folks. The Illinois Tollway is about to reach further into your pockets.

In a message from the Tollway today I read, "A new, all-electronic interchange on I-90 at Illinois Route 47 in Huntley is scheduled to open this fall."

Maybe this was announced in the past and I missed it. Since the Tollway boosted its tolls, I have been willing to spend a little more time on surface roads and skip the tolls. Out of principle. Anyone else doing to same?

The Tollway is driving Illinois, all right. To ruin... There are some people who remember the promises that roads would be free after bonds were paid off.

It worked in Colorado. The Boulder Turnpike was built as a toll road. Promises were made that the road would be free after bonds were paid. Promises were kept. But that's Colorado. Not Illinois.

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