The proposed $1.3 billion Illiana Corridor linking interstate highways in Illinois and Indiana has been approved by the Chicago-area Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee as part of its long-term development plans, a step required for the project to win federal funding. The 47-mile toll-road project -- which may make use of a public-private partnership -- would create 9,000 jobs during its three-year to four-year buildout. The proposal has its share of opponents.

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