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Residents Oppose Prairie Parkway

In 2001 and 2002, IDOT collected public comments on the proposed Prairie Parkway, but it never compiled them.

Now the Center for Neighborhood Technology has done so, and they’ve found that three-fourths of residents within 15 miles of the proposed route oppose the project.

A favorite of U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, the Prairie Parkway would connect Routes 80 and 88 and run through sections of Kane and Kendall Counties which have been designated as Agricultural Protection Areas.

Of those testifying at public comment hearings, 85 percent of those living within five miles of the route opposed the project, as did 75 percent of those from within 15 miles, said Jan Metzgar of CNT. The strongest supporters of the project were business and economic development groups from McHenry County, she said.

CNT is also studying a preliminary engineering report for the project, Metzgar said.

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