Grassroots effort leads to dropping of controversial rail expansion

morrison 051519 2LAKE FOREST - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has dropped a proposal to install holding tracks for freight trains in Lake Forest and Glenview after pressure from State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) and a coalition of grassroots citizens in the North Suburbs who voiced their opposition to the proposal.

“The recent announcement by IDOT represents a hard fought win for the many homeowners and concerned citizens who stood up and made their voices heard,” Morrison said. “It was a pleasure to advocate and ultimately be successful for the thousands of area residents who stood up and refused to accept this ill-advised proposal.”

Morrison expressed concern with the project after plans were submitted that would have led to the construction of extra rail lines just feet from property and businesses across the region.

Morrison publicly called on IDOT and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to investigate whether another suitable location – away from high population centers – could be found. She also requested the completion of a freight impact study before the project could commence.

An increase in potential accidents, increased air and noise pollution and a decrease in the overall quality of life were some of the many concerns raised by area residents about the project that would have greatly benefited Wisconsin at the expense of North Suburban homeowners and businesses.

“This project had the potential to greatly disturb the quality of life for many communities in the 29th District,” Morrison said. “This latest development demonstrates the power of committed and engaged residents in the 29th District.”

Sen. Julie Morrison

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29th Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Environment and Conservation; Human Services (Chairperson); Public Health (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Oversight Medicaid Mang. Care, Spec; Local Government.

Biography: Born in Beardstown; received a bachelor's degree from Knox College; served as supervisor of West Deerfield Township, married to husband Joe with three grown children.

Associated Representatives:
Jonathan Carroll
Bob Morgan