Officials in Indiana will vote today on whether to approve a controversial tollway that could run through Northeast Illinois. The 47-mile Illiana tollway would run from I-55 in Will County to I-65 in Lake County, Indiana. Chicago area planners in October approved funding the portion that runs through Illinois. But opponents say it will destroy farmland and existing neighborhoods.
Christine Cid, a Lake County, Indiana councilwoman, says the project will divert investment from struggling cities like Hammond and Gary.
"It doesn’t fit our goal to help the northern end that has lost a lot of population. And that’s what we need to do is to at least retain the population and build those properties back up," Cid said.