Gov. Bruce Rauner is proposing a public-private partnership as a means to expand Interstate 55 near the Chicago area. The state legislature is legally tasked with approving partnerships between the state and public entities for freeway construction and operation.
The I-55 plan would add 25 miles of expressway going in each direction between Interstates 355 and 90-94. The governor says the expansion, projected to cost $425 million, would be completed by 2019 and paid for with toll money. Senate Republican Leader Christine Radgono (R-Lemont) rallied around Rauner and other legislators in supporting a resolution for the road expansion plan.