Meetings of this group would follow the Open Meetings Act.


Public Involvement - Public involvement and a systematic interdisciplinary approach are essential parts of the EIS development process.

  • The lead agency would implement a complete public involvement program with many avenues for input from county leaders, municipalities, citizen groups, community advocates, the business community, environmental groups, and the general public.

  • The public involvement program would include multiple open house public meetings with opportunities for input from the public. The program would also solicit input through discussions and presentations with citizen groups and advocacy organizations, participation in meetings with municipal and county staff and elected officials, and coordination with multiple environmental resource and regulatory agencies. This would be combined with a robust outreach program including a project website, email e-blasts, newsletters, and other engagement tools.

The Tollway would also create a unique Local Advisory Committee (LAC). The LAC functions as an advisory body to the Tollway Board, and the

Tollway would provide a moderator and will staff the meetings.

The formation of a LAC is a requirement of the Toll Highway Act with the purpose of ensuring that the Tollway Board is soliciting feedback from

those governing bodies most affected by the project as it relates to impacts on property owners, land use, environment, aesthetics, economic development, access, etc. The LAC would be created from members of Lake County, the municipalities and townships along the corridor, and

citizen groups directly affected by the project. A summary of the formation, role and composition of the LAC is as follows:

The LAC selects their Chair, and the topics for the meetings are driven by the Chair and LAC members.

The LAC would determine its own structure and would decide how best to organize its meetings.

Alternatives - Develop, evaluate, and eliminate potential alternatives based on the environmental impacts and the purpose and need of the

project. The final EIS will identify and describe the preferred alternative and the basis for that decision.


The LAC would be formally established during the EIS and continue through construction completion. For example, the LAC for the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access project has met regularly since October 2012.

  • To advance the Illinois Route 53/120 project, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be completed under the review of the Federal Highway Administration and in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

  • The Tollway Board is being asked to include funding in the FY16 budget to move forward with the EIS


An EIS primarily looks at:

Environmental Impacts - Evaluates potential impacts, including ecological (such as the effects on natural resources and on the components,

structures, and functioning of affected ecosystems), aesthetic, historic, cultural, economic, social, or health, whether direct, indirect, or cumulative.


Proposed IL Route 53

The Toll Highway Act requires that no less than 50% of the membership of the committee be comprised of citizen groups directly affected by the proposed corridor.


An EIS is a full disclosure document that details the process through which a transportation project was developed, includes consideration of a range of reasonable alternatives, analyzes the potential impacts resulting from the alternatives, and demonstrates compliance with other applicable environmental laws and executive orders. More.


Mitigation of Environmental Impacts - Describes in detail both the impacts of the proposed action and the potential measures that could be taken

to mitigate these impacts.

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The composition of the LAC is established in accordance with the potential level of impact on each governing body along the corridor.

Project Purpose and Need – For the proposed Route 53 project, examples include transportation demand (ease congestion and improve mobility),

safety, and system linkage.

Representatives serving on the LAC are appointed by the governing bodies affected by the project.

  • Through the EIS process, the preferred alternative will be identified that balances transportation improvements to meet the project purpose and need with the environmental and social considerations.

  • As this project remains in the very early stages of planning, the preferred roadway alignment remains undefined and would be subject to detailed study and coordination through an EIS. (The alignment depicted in the BRAC report was used to merely establish the general parameters of the project. It reflects the recorded centerline dating back to 1963).