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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

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