Mayor Richard Hofeld of Homewood and Mayor Paul Braun of Flossmoor were among dozens of elected officials from Cook, Will and Kankakee Counties who signed on to a letter to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner urging him to approve major infrastructure projects in the Southland.
The letter was drafted by U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) who cited four major projects in the
Southland that she says are nearly shovel-ready: the Illiana Expressway, the Third Airport, the proposed Pullman National Park Site, and the development of the former U.S. Steel property along Lake Michigan. And, she said, the proposed Obama Presidential Library would be another boon to the south side.
She told the governor these infrastructure projects will help bolster Illinois’ economy, create jobs and generate millions in additional tax revenue for the state.
“This letter shows a united Southland working together to improve opportunities not only for the region but for the state as a whole. These projects would be largely funded with private dollars and yet pay huge dividends for the state,” Kelly said. “Many of these are well along in the planning process. We could begin all of them in the next few years, and even complete some of them by then. I urge the governor to lend his support to this process and to be a partner in our progress.”
Governor Rauner recently put a halt on these projects pending further review by the state. The letter points to the efforts of federal, state and local government officials in working with private investors on each project and urges the governor to continue the state’s commitment to redeveloping the Southland.
A spokesman for the governor did not return a phone call from The Chronicle asking for the governor’s reaction to the letter.
Text of Rep. Robin Kelly’s letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner (PDF)
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