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Will the Eisenhower Get Toll Lanes?

Illinois’ transportation chief says adding paid lanes is going so well on the Stevenson that the idea needs to spread.


The Eisenhower Expressway may become something else in a few years—a tollway, at least in part—if state transportation planners get their way.

Plans to add a couple of toll lanes to the Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55) so far are going so well that his staff is considering “a similar concept” to ease congestion on other crowded highways “starting with the Eisenhower” (I-290), said Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn.

In a speech today at a City Club luncheon, Blankenhorn said the idea still is in its initial stages and will not proceed unless “a new revenue” source is found for a needed total reconstruction of the Ike from the Jane Byrne Interchange west to I-294. But with money tight, “We need to find ways to leverage private investment in our transportation system.”

Read the entire story here: Illinois eyes toll lanes for Eisenhower Expressway – Blogs On Politics – Crain’s Chicago Business

Police: 1 dead, 1 wounded in Eisenhower Expressway shooting

(CHICAGO) One male was killed and a female was critically wounded in a shooting Thursday morning on the Eisenhower Expressway in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said.

The two victims, whose ages were not immediately known, were shot about 5:30 a.m. on westbound I-290 near Laramie Avenue, according to a statement from Illinois State Police.

They were found a few minutes before 6 a.m. at Flournoy and Lockwood and taken to Stroger Hospital, police said. The male was pronounced dead, and the female was in critical condition. Their ages were not released.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality early Thursday.

Police closed down all westbound I-290 lanes from Independence Avenue until at least 9 a.m. to search for shell casings.

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