The opening of Illinois' newest full-access interchange on I-90 is scheduled for a special ceremony on Quality Drive in Huntley. The opening will be commemorated November 8 by a ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held on the new westbound entrance ramp to I-90.
The new full-access interchange at I-90 and Rt. 47 is the first project to be completed under the Illinois Tollway Authority's 15 year, $12 billion capital programs, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. The new interchange sets the stage for continued economic development and job growth along the Route 47 corridor and beyond. Improved mobility is anticipated to make the Village of Huntley more attractive to commercial and industrial development.
The $61 million interchange was constructed under a unique partnership among several government entities including the Illinois Tollway Authority, Illinois Department of Transportation, Village of Huntley and McHenry and Kane Counties, all of which provided significant funding to the project.
An important element in Huntley's economic development activities includes diversification of the Village's tax base. "The interchange was decades in the making and involved the tireless efforts of many people from our elected state representatives, Illinois Tollway and the Illinois Department of Transportation directors and staff, Kane and McHenry County Board officials and staff, and Village of Huntley elected officials and staff. I thank them, as well as the businesses of Huntley, for their commitment to this project. This commitment has set the stage for attracting more development, creating jobs and expanding the local tax base for decades to come" stated Charles Sass, Huntley's Village President.
Huntley's new interchange is surrounded by land already zoned and annexed into the Village.
McHenry County Conservation Police, McHenry County Sheriff's Police and O.S.H.A. are investigating a fatal accident in McHenry County. County Coroner Anne Majewski says a 59-year-old man was killed Tuesday at a Pleasant Valley Conservation Area maintenance building. The victim, according to the coroner, was identified as Marco O. Aguilar of the 1400 block of North Green Meadows Boulevard, Streamwood. Aguilar was working inside a pole barn type maintenance building at 14308 Hemmingsen Road in Union, when he was struck by a "Bobcat" vehicle being used to prep and grade the floor of the building. Marengo/Union Fire and Rescue responded to the 911 call. Aguilar was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy performed Wednesday revealed multiple injuries to his head, chest, abdomen, and bones.