While the Metra Project is still being held up by the lack of a state budget, I recently met with State Representative Greg Harris and Senator Heather Steans to make sure that as the state works toward a budget, this project is included in the compromise that is reached. Both Representative Harris and Senator Steans are on the bargaining teams for their respective chambers, so they are on the front line.
I also spoke with Metra. During this time of impasse, they are planning to fully complete the design for the station (which is currently about 90% done), as well as design and fund the work on the adjacent bridge.
I am still hopeful that this station will become a reality for our community in the near future, and I will continue to strongly advocate on our community’s behalf on this issue.
Update: August 16, 2016
As many of you know, Governor Rauner put a hold on the Ridge and Peterson Metra Station project, as well as many others, that were funded through bonds. I am working to try to change this, as well as to attempt to find other ways to get this project done–including working with the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House, and the Governor’s office to see if they are willing to work with us to get this project back on track.
Like you, I know that this new station would be an incredible asset to our community and an essential means of transportation for many of our neighbors. I hope that you will continue to support the efforts to bring a Metra Station to our community.
I will update you as more information becomes available.