Illiana Expressway

Southland lawmakers rip Rauner on Illiana cut

By Phil Kadner – June 4, 2015 – 6:30 p.m. Daily Southtown Southland legislators derided Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to cut funding for the proposed Illiana toll road and contend that the action continues a pattern of disregard for their economically embattled communities.   Rauner, a Republican, announced this week […]

At Rainbow PUSH talking about the need to fight for transportation investments that connect our communities

The State needs to invest in transportation and transit projects to connect the Chicago Southland region to downtown Chicago.


Representative Riley speaking before Rainbow PUSH about the need to fight for transportation investments that connect Chicago, Will County and Kankakee County. He calls to action the need to call the CTA to make the Red Line Extension a priority. In 2011, the Mayor of Chicago ran on the promise that he would make the Red Line Extension a priority. Call Metra about the need to make the South East Service Line a priority. It has been the planning stages for nearly 15 years.

And especially call the Governor to make the Illiana Expressway and the South Suburban Airport a priority. These two projects are laws of the land in Illinois. Through a public private partnership these two projects can bring thousands of jobs to our region and stimulate the economy.

Representative Riley’s Speech at the Southland Friends of Labor Annual Breakfast Event

Southland Friends of Labor Speech from Al Riley on Vimeo.



Speaking at the Annual Southland Friends of Labor Breakfast Event about growing up in the 50’s and 60’s and union’s involvement in the Civil Right’s Movement.  There is also some comments about the need to train for future highway and manufacturing jobs in Illinois along with some discussion about the Illiana Expressway, a 50 mile trucking corridor from Lowell, Indiana to Interstate 55 in Will County first proposed in the Daniel Burnham plan of 1909.

Special thanks to Tony Garcia, Illinois Legislative Director from UAW Region 4 for providing photos of Walter Reuther, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ceasar Chavez.