Route 53/120 Corridor Video Tour

Local Illinois tax dollars are currently being diverted from public education for use in building infrastructure projects such as the Route 53/120 Extension.  Local villages will carry the tax burden in financing a funding gap of approximately $3B, the source of this financing consisting of local property taxes.  Local property taxes are the primary source of revenue for school districts.  After taxpayers fund this infrastructure project, they will then be expected to continue paying for it by means of tollway taxes – close to $5 each way.  This will force many commuters off of the tollway for which they were mandated to pay.

A Sierra Club representative warns:

An Aaron Lawlor Facebook post share of a post from Dold last night:

“Today we held our first meeting of the year with my Transportation Advisory Board. We discussed long term federal funding plans, legislation that focuses on modernizing current infrastructure and large transit systems and overall public awareness of where tax dollars are spent to improve commutes. Improving the tenth district’s transportation system is vital for overall economic growth and will remain a top priority of mine.

Proud to join Congressman Dold at his Transportation Roundtable today to discuss motorized, mass transit and paratransit needs facing the 10th District and the region. I was honored be named as the chair Congressman Dold’s Transportation Advisory Board and look forward to helping craft a 10th District transportation agenda that he can take to Washington.”

Sierra Club Representative Comment:
It’s pretty clear that Lawlor wants to tax and spend every penny we have, and 150B pennies we don’t have, on Rt. 53 through our open space rather than strengthening our communities with transit.

This development reinforces that voters need to beware of the new federal transportation bill.

Please view this Sierra Club power point presentation highlighting key concerns pertaining to this project.