A grassroots organization fighting against the construction
of a proposed privatized toll road called the Illiana Expressway has organized
a legislative forum Saturday, and the public is invited.
Citizens Against the Privatized Illiana Tollroad - or CAPIT
- has invited elected officials and the public to its legislative forum at
10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the Porter County Expo Center at the
junction of Indiana State Route 49 and Division Road in Valparaiso, IN.
The Illiana Expressway is a proposed 63-mile toll road that
would connect Interstate 94 in Indiana with Interstate 57 in Illinois.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels wants a private company to build
and maintain the road. As proposed, the private company would keep the toll
revenue under a long-term agreement. Daniels has drawn fire for pushing for the
lease of the 157-mile Indiana Toll Road to private investors from Spain and
Australia in 2006.
Many land owners, area residents, truckers and motorists
involved in CAPIT do not want the Illiana Expressway to happen.
"CAPIT opposes the Illiana (Expressway) for a wide variety
of reasons," organizers said in a statement. "State legislators are being asked
to authorize the privatized toll road by passing SB-1, even though the project
has not been adequately studied."
The group is also opposed to the use of eminent domain by
governments and private corporations to acquire land for a "for profit" toll
CAPIT leaders also organized a town hall meeting scheduled
for 7 p.m. Central Standard Time, Tuesday, March 6, at the Westville American
Legion in Westville, IN, to formulate some public opinions to pass along to
For additional information on CAPIT, visit http://www.no-illiana.com on the Web.
To read about the Indiana DOT's concept plan for the Illiana
Expressway, visit http://www.in.gov/dot/projects/illiana on the Web.
Studies about the proposed route could take up to three
years to complete, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation's Web