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John Greuling, president and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development, points to a map showing the alternative selected as the route for the Illiana Expressway. That route was picked because it had the least impact on the surrounding environment, according to IDOT officials.

John Greuling, president and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development, points to a map showing the alternative selected as the route for the Illiana Expressway. That route was picked because it had the least impact on the surrounding environment, according to IDOT officials.

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Illiana could be decided soon

The Illinois Department of Transportation could start buying land by early this summer if the federal government gives the go ahead to build the Illiana, a 47-mile expressway linking Wilmington in southern Will County to Lowell, Ind.