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Illinois PIRG Education Fund
Chicago Tribune
Abraham Scarr

With a few sentences in a news release last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner drove a crucial nail in the Illiana Expressway's coffin, a precipitous fall for what had been Illinois' No. 1 transportation priority. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

While we celebrate this victory for common sense and fiscal responsibility, we must consider how such an ill-conceived project ever rose to the top of our transportation funding priorities. If we don't learn from this enormously expensive near-mistake, taxpayers may find themselves again on the hook for the next billion-dollar highway boondoggle. The Illiana itself could rise from the dead if Rauner uses it as a bargaining chip.

So what lessons should we learn?

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