Eisenhower Expressway: Chicago I-290

Public Involvement Program/CSS

The purpose of CSS is to gather and consider input on the project from all interested stakeholders throughout the study process.

IDOT has designated the I-290 study as a Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) project and will continue to follow the CSS process for subsequent corridor studies. CSS is a collaborative approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a project that fits into its surroundings and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources while maintaining safety and mobility. The purpose of CSS is to gather and consider input on the project from all interested stakeholders. Public involvement is a key component of CSS and is strongly encouraged during this study. IDOT will proactively seek stakeholder input and partnerships early and often as it develops solutions for this study area.

A stakeholder is anyone who could be affected by the project and has a stake in its outcome. Stakeholders are identified as all residents of the study area, users of the facility, and those interested parties who can directly affect the outcome of a planning process.

Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP) has been prepared for this project and the SIP will be used as a blueprint for defining methods and tools to educate and engage all stakeholders in the decision-making process for this project.

Opportunities to Get Involved

Corridor Advisory Group

For the supplemental corridor studies, IDOT will re-establish the Corridor Advisory Group (CAG) that was previously formed for the EIS. The CAG is comprised of local elected officials from each of the eight communities in the Study Area and the Chairmen or representatives from Cook and DuPage counties. The responsibility of the CAG is to review study information presented and provide input that will help guide the supplemental studies as the process unfolds.

View CAG/TF Materials


I-290 Project Working Group Structure
View a larger version of the Project Working Group Structure [pdf / 110 kb]

Public Outreach Meetings

Stakeholder involvement for the I-290 supplemental studies will continue to follow the same approach as used for the EIS.  Various meetings will be held throughout the project development process to provide input opportunities to all stakeholders and are anticipated to include.

  • Small Group Meetings Small group meetings will engage stakeholders to share information and foster discussions to address specific project issues, allow for more specialized discussions and input, and aid the general public in better understanding the project goals and objectives.
  • Agency & Municipal Meetings Agency and Municipal meetings will be held to discuss and coordinate specific project issues with those that would be impacted by the project.
  • Speakers' Bureau A speakers' bureau, consisting of IDOT and Consultant staff, will be assembled to present project-related information to interested local civic or service organizations.

Public Meetings: Public meetings will be held at key points during the supplemental studies to engage the public.  The purpose of the meetings will be to solicit the preferences and opinions of those who participate regarding the information presented.  Questions raised by meeting participants, depending on the nature, will be either answered immediately or addressed in subsequent meetings, newsletters or other communication mechanisms. 

Comments received at the public meetings will be documented and the information will be considered as a part of the analysis and evaluation of the improvement alternatives. Individuals on the mailing list will receive invitations in the mail announcing meeting information.

Other Public Involvement Opportunities

In addition to the meeting opportunities described in the preceding section, there will be several other methods for the public to obtain information about the project. These methods (noted below) will provide information and opportunity for feedback regarding upcoming public meeting events, project schedule, and general project status updates within the study area.

  • Mailing List and e-subscription: To support public meeting invitations, newsletter distribution and other direct public contact, a mailing list has been developed.  Phone numbers and e-mail addresses will be added to the list, as available.  If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive project printed collateral or to receive electronic notices about website updates and/or meeting notices, please fill out the mailing list form
  • Newsletters: Newsletters will be printed over the course of the study. These publications will feature the latest project news and will be used as a means of communicating information requested about the project.
  • Comment and Mailing List Form: Please fill out a comment form, as we are interested in your thoughts and ideas. Additionally, if you would like to receive project newsletters and other mailings, please fill out the mailing list form.