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Our View: Thumbs up for making your voice heard

Thumbs up: To listening to constituents. When the Illinois Department of Transportation proposed widening Route 34 to five lanes between Sandwich and Plano – at a potential loss of eight homes, 15 businesses and dozens of on-street parking spaces – local residents responded in force to express their displeasure with the idea. IDOT held several town-hall style meetings with residents and local officials and extended the written comment period to allow more people to express their concerns. Then, last week, the state bowed to community concern and announced that the proposal is off the table. The next time an issue in your community comes up for a public hearing or public discussion, take note and make your voice heard.

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