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Duneland Sierra Club Urges No Build Option for Illiana

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The Duneland Group of the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club has opposed the building of the proposed Illiana Corridor Toll Road, from I-55 in Illinois to I-65 in Indiana, and is urging NIRPC board members to vote for the no-build option. The group states that while the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan does have some good aspects, it also fails in many others. The group notes that building the Illiana would add more flooding and pollution into the Kankakee watershed, could foster Illinois' Peotone airport and casino development which conflicts with the regional priority of expanding the Gary/Chicago International Airport, associated new sprawl development would draw investment, residents, business, and jobs away from already developed urban areas creating more blight, and would foster more fossil fuel intensive transportation and land use which adds to global climate change.
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