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Proviso Probe

Thursday, August 25, 2005

federal transportation grants

Forest Park Review (Bill Dwyer) has a piece on Forest Park's share of recent federal tranportation grants.
At a press conference Friday in Bellwood attended by Forest Park Village Clerk Vanessa Moritz, the Village Presidents of River Forest and Oak Park, Congressman Danny K. Davis announced a total of $14 million in grants to eight west suburbs and areas on the west side of Chicago.

Forest Park will receive $750,000 for improvements to Circle Ave.

But I have some questions about capping the Eisenhower, see Wednesday Journal (Katharine Grayson).

If capping the Eisenhower is a good idea for Oak Park, why isn't it equally meritorious for Proviso Township? Is it a federal priority to create more open space and taxable real estate in Oak Park, but not Proviso? Why?

As a transportation issue, the priority should be widening the Ike to four lanes in Oak Park. Without widening the trench, is there a way to put the Blue Line above or below the interstate so it can be widened?

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