O’Hare western access gets $69 million federal boost

Published by: Crain’s Chicago Business, Written by: Greg Hinz Plans for long-proposed western access to O’Hare International Airport got a fair-sized push today with the news that $69 million in federal money has been obtained for the extension of the Elgin-O’Hare tollway to the western edge of the airfield. Officials in DuPage County, which hopes to gain tons of new business investment from western access, announced that they obtained the funds from an air quality improvement program run by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, which administers certain federal funds. Together with some other recent grants, DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin said local officials have closed about a third of the $300 million gap needed to complete the project. The Illinois Tollway has pledged $3.1 billion, but the locals are responsible for the $300 million match. Click here to read full article.