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Elgin-O'Hare shows bipartisan effort

History was made last week with the groundbreaking of the much-anticipated Elgin-O'Hare Western Access project.

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Half a century ago, local and state leaders had the vision to build a road that directly connected the western suburbs with the airport. The Western Access project is a good example of what can be accomplished when the entire region works together.

Through the years, we have overcome regional partisanship and the "Chicago versus suburban" mentality. We have successfully collaborated on a project that will achieve the vision set forth by our predecessors. Through our partnership with the Illinois Tollway and its Move Illinois capital program, this $3.4 billion project will relieve congestion, reduce travel times and enhance economic development along the corridor.

The shovels in the ground signify the unwavering support by Governor Pat Quinn, Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur, IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider, DuPage County, federal and state officials, local mayors, businesses, environmental groups and labor organizations.

While we have made significant progress up to this point, there is still more work ahead of us. Moving forward will require patience, persistence and participation from all interested parties as we fulfill our vision for this state-of-the-art multimodal corridor as well as our transportation and economic development goals for the region.

It is this kind of teamwork that will set the Elgin-O'Hare Western Access project apart from the others. By working together on funding, planning and economic development, the Elgin-O'Hare corridor will positively impact not only the region, but the entire state.

Dan Cronin

Chairman

DuPage County Board

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