Illinois' newly proposed five-year transportation bill eliminates money for Transportation Enhancements, which jeopordizes plans to connect the trail from the Chicago-area to Wisconsin*, local leaders and advocates told Triblocal. The bill will replace the state's previous six-year transportation plan, which expired last year.
“If this legislation ends up in the final bill as written, it completely guts every substantial trail — biking and walking — opportunity in the country,” Eric Oberg, a manager of trail development for advocacy group Rails-to-Trails, told Triblocal.
The legislation is currently up for debate in the Illinois House of Representatives.
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*An original version of this article misspelled Wisconsin.