Opportunities to Get Involved

Project Working Group (PWG)

The PWG consists of the chief elected officials or their designees who have the authority to speak on behalf of the six municipalities (Minooka, Channahon, Shorewood, Rockdate, Joliet, and New Lenox) and the three counties (Kendall, Grundy, and Will) within the study corridor. The PWG is also comprised of transportation and engineering officials, economic development organizations or councils, land use planning agencies, local municipal and county staff, and environmental groups. The PWG also provides opportunities for study participation by the region’s culturally and economically diverse population. The membership could include:

  • Neighborhood organizations
  • City Council/Village Board and County Board members whose districts serve the study area
  • Local community organizations
  • Special interest groups

The purpose of the PWG is to provide input on the development of the Purpose and Need statement, the alternatives to be carried forward for evaluation, and the Preferred Alternative.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing input to the study process
  • Reaching consensus at key project milestones such as the project Purpose and Need, the range of alternatives to be advanced for further study, and the recommended alternative.
  • Focus on technical aspects of the project development process
  • Provide external subject-specific information and input with respect to the identified categories.
  • The PWG will interface directly with the PSG. The meetings are designed to encourage timely and meaningful opportunities for participation.

Stakeholder Outreach Meetings

Stakeholder involvement for the I-80 study will be an ongoing process from project initiation through completion. Various meetings will be held throughout the project development process to provide outreach opportunities to all stakeholders.

  • 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.
  • Stakeholder Workshops Multiple stakeholder workshops will be conducted between key milestones (e.g. corridor workshop- interchange type, thru-lanes, transit/pedestrian, etc.) to obtain stakeholder input regarding various project issues and potential solutions.
  • 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.
  • Public Meetings/Public Hearings Public Meetings will be held at key points during the project development phase 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.

A Public Hearing will be held near the end of the Phase 1 Study. The Public Hearing will present the evaluation of the recommended alternative. The hearing is part of a Federal requirement for the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The public will have the opportunity to view and provide their testimony on the preferred alternative. 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.