An executive order issued by newly-installed Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has postponed the long-discussed Illiana Expressway project for the unforeseen future.
Rauner's executive order calls for a cost-benefit "review" of significant interstate construction projects before they move forward with planning and development. The executive order covers the proposed 47-mile Illiana tollway, which would connect I-55 in Illinois to I-65 in Indiana.
Lance Trover, a Rauner spokesman, told the Associated Press that the Illiana project falls under "a broader review to maximize taxpayer investment in infrastructure."
The Illiana proposal has drawn both strong support, from the likes of former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and opposition from public interest groups and environmentalists. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's Randy Blankenhorn, who Rauner tapped to lead the Illinois Department of Transportation, has also expressed concerns about the project.