Details Emerge on Chicago Developer’s Controversial Application to Build Freight Railway and Private Toll Road

Post-Tribune (via Chicago Tribune) reports, “After months of speculation and repeated requests from a federal agency for additional information, Great Lakes Basin Transportation [GLBT] filed its formal application for a tri-state freight train line late Monday afternoon [May 1].” The newspaper adds that several communities along the proposed rail route are opposed to GLBT using eminent domain power to take land for the right-of-way. A group spokesman called GLBT’s disclosure that it also wants to build a toll road along part of the route “a smoke screen that could face the same challenges under the new eminent domain law as the rail line.”