Rauner gives go-ahead for over $1 billion in Illinois Tollway projects: report

SHARE Rauner gives go-ahead for over $1 billion in Illinois Tollway projects: report
TOLLWAY_CST_012215_999x664.jpg

Construction crews work on a new bridge and on widening lanes on the Jane Addams Tollway at Interstate 47 in May 2013. | Al Podgorski/ Sun-Times

The Illinois Tollway got the OK Wednesday from Gov. Bruce Rauner to go ahead with over $1 billion in projects to rebuild and widen roadways and bridges, the Chicago Tribune is reporting:

The projects appeared to be on hold after Rauner issued an executive order his first day in office barring state agencies from awarding major contracts without approval from his administration. Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said Rauner’s administration gave the go-ahead after a review of the Tollway’s plans by Rauner’s staff and the Office of Management and Budget. A Rauner spokesman confirmed that information in an email to the Tribune.

The Latest
The 25-year-old was found about 10:35 p.m. inside a first-floor apartment in the 6500 block of South Greenwood Avenue with a gunshot wound to the face. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Residents reported tornadoes touching down in Sugar Grove, Hinckley and Waterman. Chicago hit 74 degrees, missing the record by one degree. Temperatures are expected to drop into the upper teens to low 20s, overnight, with snow and rain arriving for the morning commute.
The 2-for-29 shooting from three-point range was bad enough, but what really disappointed Bulls coach Billy Donovan was the team’s lack of hustle in what was still a winnable game until late in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders regularly churn out high-major-college prospects, but it is the team-first senior guards who have been the key to coach Rob Brost’s tenure.