"Lake County is especially vulnerable to the potential disruptions caused by [development]. It has the greatest number of unique and threatened ecological resources in the state of Illinois, including lakes and ponds, streams, extensive wetlands, native prairie remnants and significant acreages of restored ecosystems.
The county has the largest number of state and federal threatened, endangered and special concern species of any county in Illinois." - 53/120 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council
After a blue ribbon panel devoted community resources to come up with conditions that would result in an environmentally friendly way to develop the roadway, the state and tollway officials seem to have set those conditions aside. We can expect flooding, higher taxes, additional tolls, tons of pollutants per year, and habitat destruction.
Foxconn threatens our ecosystem. Plans for the Des Plaines River Watershed can cause major problems for Lake County residents and for the Lake County Forest Preserves. LCFP should lead our community in a challenge to the EPA of Wisconsin and the United States as they weaken rules that will affect our habitat.
Lake County needs to increase the use of alternatives to single-occupant vehicles. Ride-sharing, bicycles, public transit, and foot traffic are options that people will seek with the encouragement of and facilitation by the Lake County government.
The preserved corridor of the Tri-County Access Project is well-situated for a sustainable project for transit without the pollution and cost. Why not build a bike path for commuting and develop businesses that connect with this better option? Lake County needs a better path to the future.