In the news...
Illinois Leader magazine has published an article on Chicago's road system.
"Chicago may have the worst primary highway system in the country,"
writes Wendell Cox, a nationally known transportation expert.
Why does our
area get such low marks? Because of the 40 largest urban areas in the country,
the Chicagoland has the least lane miles of freeway or tollway per
capita. This puts the old fallacy that we have built "too many roads" to
rest once and for all!
Read the entire article here.
It's the Right Thing To Do
Because Lake County is a great place to live and work...
If you're like many people, you've come to love Lake County.
Over the last 50 years, our county has become one of the most desirable
in the nation. Award-winning schools, peaceful yet lively neighborhoods
in every price range, employment opportunities that range from prestigious
giants like Abbott Laboratories to tiny, promising dot-coms, and
fun places from the Ravinia Festival and Great America to country
orchards and bed-and-breakfasts make our county a place with literally
something for everyone..
No wonder our population has grown dramatically over the fast fifty
Because we need to keep it that way ...
As an area's population increases, its infrastructure needs grow,
In many ways, Lake County has met the challenges posed by dynamic
growth. We've hired more police and firefighters. We've laid thousands
of miles of TV, electrical and telephone cables. We've built new
schools, new libraries, and even new sewage treatment plants.
One area, however, stands out
where we haven't done as well. We've added countless small, residential streets
in new subdivisions, but building of new through streets has been at
a virtual standstill for decades. The result of this neglect is apparent to
anyone who has lived here for more than a few years: our major throughways are
more crowded than they've ever been.
And it's only getting worse. With each passing year, commutes get
longer and more frustrating.
People often complain about the bad traffic situation in Lake County.
Some yearn nostalgically for the days of "fewer cars."
That's understandable, but not very realistic. The traffic flow
on our roads--people going to work, school, or play, and goods and
services being brought to our homes, or taken from our factories
and stores to their customers--is literally the lifeblood of Lake
County. It would be a genuine tragedy if Lake County were to lose
its vibrancy to "clogged arteries." To keep Lake County
healthy, we must care for its "circulatory system", just
as we've cared for its safety through fire protection, and
its educational level through schools.
Because we must start where the need is greatest ...
Lake County faces transportation-related challenges in many places.
Western Lake County, however, has fallen further behind in its infrastructure
development than much of the rest of the county.
With more undeveloped area, western Lake County has had more room
to grow than the eastern part of the county; and it has in fact
grown dynamically. But unlike its eastern neighbor, it lacks the
transporation backbone provided by the combination of routes 41,
43, and 94. Sadly, the road structure of western Lake County remains
in many ways more fitting to the rural backwater it ceased to be
decades ago, than to the dynamic and prosperous region it is today.
The common sense
conclusion--that the need for a new, efficient throughway is greatest in the
western half of Lake County--can be backed up by simple observation. Try to
travel, say, from Round Lake to Rolling Meadows at rush hour. It isn't that
far on the map, but it's a harrowing journey on today's patchwork of inadequate
People may quibble about the details of the route, but one fact
is clear: Western Lake County's needs a major traffic artery to
bring its antiquated transportation capacity into harmony with its
demographics as they exist today. The Route 53 extension fills the
It's Time For People Who Care To Speak Up!
As you probably know, the 53 Extension has its share of opponents,
many, it must be said, with questionable motives (more on this under
"why the big fuss".)
this important project are relatively few in number, but they're well organized--and
well financed. It's time for us--the literally millions who believe in giving
our county the best possible infrastructure to allow it to breathe, to grow,
and to prosper--to stand up and be counted too! If you're one of us--the people
who care--then welcome aboard! But remember: the best intentions do no good
if they're not followed up with action. This web site is here to provide you
with information, to give suggestions on what you can do, and to help the huge,
but unfortunately hitherto less than well organized community of people who
care to come together. It may be a well-worn cliché, but it's true: together,
we CAN make a difference!