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New Term

New Terminal Rendering, Credit: City of Chicago

By Gary Leff | View From The Wing

American Airlines and United Airlines want Chicago O’Hare’s expansion that they signed off on in 2018 slowed down – or stopped – as the project runs $1.5 billion over budget. Somehow the carriers are surprised that a massive public infrastructure project, in Chicago no less, is spending far more than originally projected?

And in fact it’s only just the ‘next phase’ where a 24% projected cost overrun totals $1.5 billion more than expected. That’s before construction on the new terminal even starts! The project’s total cost has grown from $8.7 billion to a projected $12.1 billion. So the terminal’s overrun is only one piece of an overall $3.4 billion price increase.

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New Terminal Interior Rendering, Credit: City of Chicago

The new project replaces terminal 2, which many Chicago travelers are familiar with because it’s currently where passengers are funneled via airport train to pick up rideshares. The new terminal would handle both domestic and international flights.

It’s unclear whether Chicago’s Mayor will insist that airlines honor the contract or sign off on negotiations for modifying it. American’s performance in Chicago is weaker than United’s, so United could gain territory by playing chicken with American and supporting higher costs. (Historically higher costs in Miami have helped protect American from low cost carrier competition, although that’s been less true in recent years.)

Former Chicago Mayor and current Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel is publicly chastising the two airlines, saying ‘a deal’s a deal’ but they signed off on the deal at a specific price point that’s already out of control, and likely to escalate further. That’s what you get of course with public infrastructure, not least of which in a city like Chicago, so they’re naive to expect costs to line up with original projections.

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11.13.23 RB

11.13.23 Zoom

The Village Roads & Bridges Committee meets this afternoon at 3 PM. The topics on the agenda include:

  • [Vote] Minutes – September 20, 2023 Special Meeting
  • [Vote] Minutes – November 8, 2022 Special Meeting (tabled from May 9, 2023 Special Meeting)
  • Road Program: 2024 Planning

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

The Committee did not meet in October.  Perhaps this was intentional to allow a cooling off period after the Chair seemingly lost her composure during the September meeting. The recording of that meeting can be found here.

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Bally’s Casino Chicago at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Ave., in River West.

Bally’s now has until Sept. 9, 2026, to complete its 505,000-square-foot permanent casino complex in River West.

By  Mitchell Armentrout | Chicago Sun*Times

State gambling regulators on Thursday dealt Bally’s its full license to take bets in Chicago, officially allowing the company to operate its temporary casino at the historic Medinah Temple for three years — and starting the clock to open a permanent gaming mecca in River West by September 2026.

Bally’s opened its doors to gamblers last month at 600 N. Wabash Ave. with a temporary permit issued by Illinois Gaming Board Administrator Marcus Fruchter.

Gaming board members voted unanimously to grant Bally’s the license that now locks it into the $1.7 billion mega development they’ve envisioned at Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street, the plan that won over former Mayor Lori Lightfoot when she picked them last year over three other casino bidders.

The board also approved Bally’s request to extend its temporary operation at Medinah, a long-anticipated move for the Rhode Island-based corporation. State law gives casino operators two years to run a temporary site, with an optional 12-month extension while the permanent site is being built.

That gives Bally’s until Sept. 9, 2026, to complete its 505,000-square-foot casino complex in River West.

Read more here.

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From VBHPD @ 4:03 PM

“The Barrington Hills Police Department is pleased to inform you that Brinker Road is now open to traffic.

Thank you again for your cooperation and please drive safe!”

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From VBHPD @ 3:21 PM:

“The Barrington Hills Police Department would like you to be aware that Brinker Road will be closed between Route 62 and Otis Road while a traffic crash is investigated. Accordingly, please utilize alternate routes, if possible, until further notice.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.”

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RCBH Track

The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their monthly meeting this evening in person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM. Their meeting is scheduled to start with a Forest Preserve Master Plan Presentation for Horizon Farm & Spring Creek.

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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Motorcyclr Ditch

Emergency crews respond to a two-vehicle crash with injuries involving a motorcycle and a sedan just west of Deepwood Road and West County Line Road in Barrington Hills Saturday evening. | Photo: Nick Rusin

By Sam Borcia | Lake & McHenry County Scanner

A 54-year-old man was hospitalized after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a sedan before driving off the roadway into a ditch in Barrington Hills.

The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District and Barrington Hills Police Department responded around 7:08 p.m. Saturday to Deepwood Road and West County Line Road for a vehicle crash with injuries.

Barrington Hills Police Department Press Information Officer William Walsh said a 2017 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling eastbound on County Line Road.

The driver, a 54-year-old Barrington Hills man, apparently lost control of his motorcycle, Walsh said.

Walsh said the Harley-Davidson entered the westbound lane of traffic and struck a 1999 Lexus GS 300, which was traveling west.

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The motorcycle then traveled off the roadway into the ditch, Walsh said.

Read more here.

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IDOT has posted its September 2023 newsletter.  Topics covered include:

  • PUBLIC COMMENTS (Including Traffic Signal at Bateman Road)

A copy of the newsletter can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Sylvia M. Anderson

Sylvia Margaret Anderson

The medical examiner has identified a Fox River Grove woman who died after she struck a semi-truck and then crashed head-on into a pickup truck in Barrington Hills Wednesday afternoon.

An autopsy performed on Sylvia M. Anderson, 74, of Fox River Grove, showed she died as a result of multiple injuries from a motor vehicle collision, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Read more here. Learn more about Ms. Anderson here.

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VBH Roads 2023

This Summer the entire length of Oak Knoll Road was resurfaced due to Trustee Laura Eckstrom’s objection to the appearance of a perfectly sound patching job (which ironically was performed to EXTEND the life of the roadway). It is worth reminding taxpayers Eckstrom happens to LIVE on Oak Knoll Road.

The Village Roads & Bridges Committee meets this afternoon for the first time in five months at 4 PM. The topics on the agenda are:

  • Road Program: 2023 Recap, and
  • Road Program: 2024 Planning

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

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