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Local Officials want Mountable Medians on 159th

MEDIA RELEASE
April 26, 2013

For more information, contact:
Will County Board Member Steve Balich
815-557-7196

LOCAL LEADERS DISCUSS MEDIANS PROPOSED FOR 159th STREET WITH STATE’S SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION

HOMER GLEN – A group of Will County officials who are worried about the size and length of the medians proposed for 159th Street went to Springfield on April 19 to speak with Secretary of Transportation Ann Schneider.
Will County Board members Steve Balich and Mike Fricilone, Homer Glen Trustees George Yukich and Mike Costa, and Homer Township Supervisor Pam Meyers made the trip with State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). They were accompanied by Bob Schmidt, the owner of Homer Glen’s Wheel Go Camping and a representative of the Business Area Group of 159th, a merchants association.
They are concerned about the state’s plans to improve a seven-mile stretch of 159th Street between Interstate 355 and Will-Cook Road. The Illinois Department of Transportation’s project includes medians that cannot be crossed by vehicles.
“The raised medians are a safety hazard according to our emergency management authorities and fire districts. If they are installed, fire trucks will not be able to make U-turns on 159th Street, and emergency response time will be increased,” Balich said. “Local business owners also are concerned about how the medians will affect their livelihoods. The barriers will make it difficult for customers to access their businesses, and they might take their money and spend it in Orland Park instead.”
Omer Osman, the state’s Director of the Division of Highways and IDOT’s Chief Engineer, also attended the 40-minute meeting. At the conclusion, Schneider said she would direct IDOT to take a second look at the situation. She also told the group that she would contact them in two weeks.
“I would like to thank Senator Radogno and Representative Durkin for standing with our community,” Balich said.

June 5, 2013 Fundraiser for Steve Balich

Fundraiser for Steve Balich

Will Bounty Board Committees: Judicial, Legislative, Building Code Update, Forest Preserve, Forest Preserve Finance

Date: Wednesday, June 5th from 7pm-10pm
Woodbine Country Club 14240 West 151st Homer Glen, Il 60491

Gold Sponsor: $1000 Silver Sponsor: $500 Bronze Sponsor: $250

Donations of $40 Includes Open Bar and Hors d’oeuvres. Music by DJ Joe Bozen
Checks can be mailed to: Elect Balich 12259 Derby Lane Orland Park, Il 60467 or pay at the door

Speakers Will Include:
Keynote Speaker: Joe Walsh
Jim Durkin-State Rep 82nd District
Christine Radogno- State Senate Minority Leader
Master of Ceremony Dan Proft- WLS Radio Host

Join Host Committee of County Board Members:
Jim Moustis District 2
Mike Fricilone District 7
Lee Ann Goodson District 5
Judy Ogalla District 1
Tom Weigel District 12
Ragan Freitag District 6
David Izzo Districr 2
Margo Mc Dermed District 12
Chuck Maher District 11
Liz Collins District 13
Don Gould District 6
Suzanne Hart District 11

Any questions can be answered by emailing Sbalich@comcast.net
Or calling (815)-557-7196
A copy of the report will be filed with the State Board of Elections.

Nanny State gone wild

When it comes to the proposed improvements to 159th Street in Homer Glen, who knows best?
Is it John Portman, the chief engineer from the Illinois Department of Transportation? Or is it the people of Homer Glen?
Portman doesn’t even live in Homer Glen. But he wants to force residents to accept his vision of this important roadway. He sees 159th Street as a way to move traffic quickly from Interstate 355 to the shopping areas in Orland Park. But he’s forgetting about Homer Glen
Shouldn’t some of that traffic stop at businesses in the village? We need sales tax dollars too.
Portman wants a 12 inch high median that cars can’t cross to extend from Gouger to Will Cook Road. The plan calls for breaks to make U-Turns every 1/8 to 1/4 mile along the stretch.
But it’s going to be awfully hard to visit the businesses on 159th Street in Homer Glen if there is a huge median dividing the road and preventing drivers from stopping to shop. Will drivers do a U-Turn to shop or just keep going till they get to a convenient location?
IDOT talks about safety but that’s all they do. When asked to include a mountable median that allows an entrance for business from either side of the street instead, they said their job is to move traffic as quickly and safely as possible. They don’t care about the people of Homer Glen because they don’t live here and aren’t elected officials.
When discussing the cost of maintaining the medians, Portman says the state will maintain the concrete if local government doesn’t add any beautifying elements, meaning landscaping. IDOT is shifting the cost of maintenance to local government.
Local governments must tell the state that we do not want the raised median. If the medians are installed, we will not beautify them. Let the bankrupt state of Illinois maintain them.
Once again, it seems that government of the people, by the people and for the people is losing ground. And this time, it’s losing to non-elected officials who dictate law through rules and regulations. It’s the Nanny State gone wild.

Steve Balich

Fundraiser for Steve Balich June 5th

Date:
Wednesday, June 5th from 7pm-10pm

Woodbine Country Club
14240 West 151st
Homer Glen, Il 60491
Donations of $40

Checks can be made out and mailed to
Elect Balich
12259 Derby Lane Orland Park, Il 60467

Keynote Speaker: Joe Walsh

Includes Open Bar and Hors d’oeuvres.

Speakers Will Include
Jim Durkin-State Rep 82nd District
Christine Radogno- State Senate Minority Leader

Master of Ceremony Dan Proft- WLS Radio Host

Join Host Committee of County Board Members
Jim Moustis District 2 Mike Fricilone District 7
Lee Ann Goodson District 5 Judy Ogalla District 1
Tom Weigel District 12 Ragan Freitag District 6
David Izzo Districr 2 Margo Mc Dermed District 12
Chuck Maher District 11 Liz Collins District 13
Don Gould District 6 Suzanne Hart District 11

Any questions can be answered by emailing Sbalich@comcast.net
Or calling (815)-557-7196
A copy of the report will be filed with the State Board of Elections.