This evening in the Senate, State Senator Karen Tallian introduced an amendment that would require preference be given to Indiana produced steel for the construction of the proposed Illiana Expressway. The amendment was defeated by a partisan vote of 32 to 17. Tallian said she offered the amendment in support of Indiana’s steelworkers and steel industry.
Senator Tallian introduced her plan as an amendment to Senate Bill 382, a measure that would allow the Illiana Expressway to be built as a toll road. The proposed highway would connect I-65 in Indiana to I-57 in Illinois, providing an alternative east-west route in Northwestern Indiana and reducing traffic congestion on the I-80/I-94 Borman Expressway.
Listen to Senator Tallian’s comments from the Senate floor: