Illinois 47—US Route 14 to Charles Road
Project Overview

Public Involvement/CSS Program

Consensus is defined as a majority of the stakeholders in agreement, with the minority agreeing that their input was duly considered.

IDOT designated this study as a Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) project. CSS is a collaborative approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a facility 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 to develop a consensus on solutions.

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.

A 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 include

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Citizen Advisory Group

To assist in the development of the environmental and engineering studies for the IL 47 study, IDOT has formed a Citizen Advisory Group (CAG). The purpose of the CAG is to provide input on various study elements including defining needs and alternative development and evaluation criteria. The CAG consists of community leaders from the study area, and stakeholders with expertise or technical interest in environmental, land use, transportation, and economic development that are affected by the study. The responsibilities of this group include providing input to the study process, and reaching a consensus at key project milestones, e.g. project Purpose and Need, range of alternatives to be advanced for detailed study, and the preferred alternative.

Public Outreach Meetings

Stakeholder involvement for the IL 47 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 discussion 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 as a means to obtain stakeholder input regarding various project issues and potential system solutions.

Agency, Municipal & County Meetings

Agency, Municipal and County 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 end of the Phase I.

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 future meetings.

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 and will be regularly updated. 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, please fill out the mailing list form.


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 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.