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Governor, Mayor Slammed for $15 Million Spend On Illinois Prairie Path


CHICAGO, IL – Voters are outraged that Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Hillside Mayor Joe Tamburino want to spend about $15 million state taxes to make the Illinois Prairie Path more dangerous for bicyclists and pedestrians. Instead, voters want far safer and less costly solutions to fix the path.

The Illinois Prairie Path was created in 1963 as the first rails-to-trails conversion in North America. A recreational path for walking and bicycling, the Path extends 60 miles from Maywood (east) to Geneva (west.) Where the Path crosses Mannheim Rd. at Mannheim Rd./Washington St. or Mannheim Rd./Madison St. intersections, users face dangerous, fast-moving trucks and vehicles turning from all directions.

Pritzker and Tamburino want to rip the Path off Warren, construct almost a mile of costly new pathways, purchase and demolish private buildings, force Path users across dangerous Mannheim Rd. intersections, force users across 13 dangerous business driveways and make the Path longer than it is today. For everyone taking the Path – – especially seniors, children and people with disabilities – – these changes would make the Path far more dangerous than it is today.

Voters also say that Pritzker and Tamburino are violating the Illinois Transportation Department’s requirement to hold a public hearing before IDOT issues a grant for their proposed project.

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