Ill. DOT Retains Quick Win In Enviros' Tollway Appeal

Law360 (May 24, 2018, 6:50 PM EDT) -- An Illinois appeals court Wednesday backed a lower court’s grant of a quick win to the Illinois Department of Transportation in environmentalists' challenge to the proposed Illiana Tollway project, even though the agency has said there currently are no plans to construct the expressway in the state.

Illinois' First District Appellate Court affirmed summary judgment for IDOT, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee in a suit from Openlands and the Sierra Club over what would be a 47-mile tollway running from Illinois to Indiana.

The environmental groups had argued that the MPO Policy Committee...

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