Millburn Bypass News

October 2018 - Community Meeting Follow-Up

Earlier this month we received the following emails from State Senator Melinda Bush and State Representative Sheri Jesiel in response to our request:

Senator Bush:

"...has specifically asked Region 1 Director for responses and answers to the concerns and questions that were raised at the community meeting. We are waiting for their response, we believe it is likely they may have to coordinate with Lake County Department of Transportation on some of the questions since Lake DOT completed a large portion of phase 1 design and studies. Senator also spoke with Lake County Department of Transportation Director and requested that they review the public meetings and minutes from the past meetings in regards to the questions and concerns raised at the community meeting. We will let you know when they respond to Senator’s request for review."

Representative Jesiel:

"...I spoke with Tony at IDOT the day after our meeting in August, and (as I may have already told you), urged him to reconsider the sound studies and to consider spending funds on a sound barrier first rather than just a berm that everyone knows is going to be too small.  I also asked him for a lot of details from the studies, and he said he would send the whole file over to me for review. I never got it. Since then, I have followed up with his office several times, and each time, I have been promised that I will receive a return phone call - to date, I have not.  I used to have a contact higher up at IDOT that would light a fire when I needed some reinforcements, and that person is no longer there, and I haven't been able to get the same service.  

I have contacted him again and am still waiting for a response but will continue to pursue solutions as you and your neighbors have suggested, at least when I finally get a chance.  As you know, this is an extremely busy time of year, but if all else fails, I'll head to Schaumburg to get this resolved. I'll keep you posted!"

September 12th, 2018 - Community Meeting Minutes
If you didn’t get a chance to attend the meeting on September 5th, the minutes from the meeting are now available. Please feel free to download the pdf here

September 5th, 2018 Community Meeting
On September 5th, 2018 Melinda Bush (IL State Senator), Sheri Jesiel (IL State Representative) and Dominic Marturano (Lindenhurst Mayor) along with Paul and John from IDOT were on hand to answer question and seek a common sense approach to the Route 45 bypass now under construction. More about the meeting will be posted soon. If you’d like to receive email updates, be sure to sign up.

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Lake County’s $100M road plan: Quentin widening, Route 45 bypass
— Daily Herald

County announces $100M in projects for this year
—Lake County Journal

Column: Millburn Bypass, Quentin Road widening among ‘aggressive’ 2018 plans for county roadwork
- - Lake County News-Sun

Eminent Domain Case
It appears the Department of Transportation has an Eminent Domain case with Millburn Congregational Church of Christ. Details of the proceeding and future court dates can be found at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Public Access System. Search by the case number 16ED00000004.

Shop Around the Millburn Strangler
-- Lake County Eye

Lindenhurst officials resigned to western Route 45 bypass
-- News Sun

One step closer to untangling Route 45 mess
-- News Sun

Millburn bypass plans cleared for next step
-- Daily Herald

October 16th, 2012

The results of a recent survey have been posted and 9 candidates answered the questions and gave their feedback on the Millburn Bypass. Read the responses so you have a better picture of who you believe should be representing us in public office.

September 29th, 2012

Today a survey was emailed to candidates running for public office. The candidates have until October 15th, 2012, 7:00 PM to answer these questions. On October 16, 2012 the qualifying answers will be posted here for your information.  

Our View: Living in the past
-- News Sun

Old document shows early plans for Millburn bypass
-- Daily Herald

Route 45 bypass funding gets OK from county panels
-- News Sun

Lake County board committees move ahead with $34 million bypass
-- Daily Herald

Why aren’t planners considering children
-- Daily Herald - Letter to the Editor

Impact on Kids
-- News Sun - Letter to the Editor

Millburn Strangler fix debate continues
-- Daily Herald Article

Route 45 west bypass project moves ahead
-- News Sun Article

Debate continues Millburn Strangler bypass
-- Daily Herald Article

A Citizen’s Letter to The Lake County Board
-- The Local View

Officials Need To Get In Touch
-- The Local View

Debate continues Millburn Strangler bypass
-- Daily Herald Article

A Million More
-- News Sun - Letter to the Editor

Circle the Wagons
-- Lake County Eye

Bypass choice fails key standards
-- Daily Herald - Letter to the Editor

Marty Buehler's LCDOT "fact-based" letter
-- Trib Local

County Board member Newton wants full bypass airing
-- News Sun

Trust at stake in Rt. 45 vote
-- Daily Herald - Letter to the Editor

Route 45 bypass decision continues to fester Lindenhurst residents
-- News Sun

Western option wrong for Rt. 45
-- Daily Herald - Letter to the Editor

Rt. 45 should move east, not west
-- Daily Herald - Letter to the Editor

Revisit decision on Rt. 45 bypass
-- Daily Herald - Letter to the Editor

Bypass options
-- News Sun - Letter to the Editor

Millburn plan is dangerous
-- Daily Herald - Letter to the Editor

No Bypassing Zone
-- Lake County Eye

A Gift Horse
-- Lake County Eye

Lindenhurst residents irked over Millburn bypass choice
-- News Sun

September 3rd, 2011

  • We received this great bit of information that provides us with a great timeline showing how some decisions are made.

  • The Village of Lindenhurst makes their position very clear about LCDOT decision on choosing the west bypass option. You can read it here (PDF).


August 31st, 2011
It has been discovered at a recent meeting that Tempel Farms asked the LCDOT to shift the east bypass route dozens of feet to the west of the original plan. The LCDOT implemented that request WITHOUT disclosing it to the CAG (Community Advisory Group) or to the public, and without an evaluation of the impact it would have. You can see this if you look at the CAG #2 (PDF) meeting presentation and see where the east bypass was originally intend to go, then compare that to the latest plan (PDF). It was moved significantly.

Once the new path was placed on record, the LCDOT discovered that the bodies in the cemetery to the north may still be there, and that this new east bypass route goes through the cemetery, instead of to the east of it, thus causing a problem. Also, by shifting the east bypass a bit to the west, it shortened the distance between “old” route 45 and the proposed “new” Route 45, which was also listed as a problem. If you look at the final presentation (PDF-Page 4) for why the LCDOT disliked the east bypass option, the two main points are the fact that the road is hindered by the cemetery, and that the space between “old” and “new” Route 45 is shorter than desired. So, a seemingly innocuous request by Tempel Farms mysteriously re-routes the road through a “historic” cemetery that was not suppose to be there, and creates a potentially dangerous intersection, thus causing issues with the eastern bypass.

The CAG was never asked where they wanted the road to go. They were always told to just evaluate pros and cons of each plan. They were expecting at some point to be asked to vote on the best plan, but they never were allowed to.

Below is a comparison of the 2 plans and how they changed between meetings (click to enlarge):

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