Drobinski spotlights infrastructure needs in District 62 state House bid
Rod Drobinski, a Republican running for the District 62 state House seat, recently outlined his concerns for the status of Illinois’ transportation infrastructure against the financial constraints of the state’s current budget crisis.
“The main reason I'm running for state representative is to make Illinois fiscally sound again,” Drobinski said. “It's been too long since this state has had a balanced budget, and it’s about time somebody stood up against new tax hikes. Additionally, one of my biggest priorities is spending those tax dollars on things our district needs.”
Pointing out that Illinois’ state taxes are the highest in the country, Drobinski cited desperately needed repairs on the Prairie State’s roads — in particular, Routes 83 and 120 — as the highest priority.
“Fixing Routes 83 and 120 are at the top of that list,” Drobinski said. “The delays caused by the freight line that runs through the district are a shining example of our current leaders' inability to isolate issues that matter to parents in the 62nd District. As a parent of two young kids, I know full well the value of the time I spend with them after work. When elected, I will fight hard to fix both roads, and return those precious hours with their children back to the mothers and fathers of our community.
Drobinski is not the only commuter to observe that precious time should not be allotted to inefficient commuting. Karen Sadilek, who has lived on the Grayslake area Route 83 thoroughfare for nearly 40 years, remembers a time when it was more “like a side street,” and neighbors could converse easily with one another from across the road.
Nowadays, traveling just a few miles along the stretch where Sadilek lives can take up to 45 minutes. A study focusing on possible improvements to a segment of Illinois’ Routes 83 and 137 is currently in progress, pending public-information meetings. Options presented thus far include extra lanes and/or roundabouts, but results are unlikely to develop quickly.