Easter weekend update from Rep. Bellock

Dear Friends,
As we approach the celebration of the Easter holiday, I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on important upcoming dates as well as the status of the I-294 tollway expansion through Oak Brook, Hinsdale and Western Springs. 

The Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to return to Springfield to resume the spring legislative session on Monday, April 9. We will remain in session almost every weekday from that point on through our scheduled adjournment on Thursday, May 31. Over that eight week period, there will be numerous committee hearings, negotiations and floor debates on literally hundreds of bills. As the Minority Spokesperson on both the Human Services Committee and the Human Services Appropriations Committee, I will be heavily involved in many bipartisan negotiations on important legislation. I will keep you updated on what we are working on in the coming weeks through this newsletter.

Here at home, many of you have contacted my office to express your concerns regarding plans for the I-294 tollway expansion. On March 15, Illinois Tollway officials met with neighbors of the Tri-State Tollway at the Union Church of Hinsdale to discuss how the widening of I-294 along the section from about 22nd Street to just south of the Hinsdale Oasis will affect their properties. Senator Chris Nybo and I attended this meeting along with approximately 50 local residents from Hinsdale and Western Springs. In addition to the encroachment on their property along with noise and air pollution, I am aware that residents are also concerned about potential drainage problems from the expansion.

Construction on the widening project is expected to begin in 2021. Before that, a temporary railway bridge will have to be built over I-294 for BNSF and Metra trains to use during construction. That work is expected to begin next year.

There will be another meeting for affected residents to discuss their concerns with Illinois Tollway officials coming up in the near future. I encourage every homeowner who may be impacted by this project to attend and make your voice heard. As always, please feel welcome to call my office with any questions or concerns at (630) 852-8633.

Best wishes to you and your family for a happy and blessed Easter holiday. May the spirit of God’s grace fill your heart and home this weekend and throughout the year.


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