The Illinois Tollway hires a firm for $1 million to evaluate a past construction project, but the firm had a hand in its completion, raising questions of objectivity, the Daily Herald reports.
The tollway’s finance committee approved a contract with the New Jersey-based construction management firm (Hill International Ltd.) to scrutinize the agency’s current and past construction practices. The idea is to have an independent adviser help tollway leaders “apply lessons learned and best practices” and ultimately reduce costs for its new $12 billion Move Illinois road building program.
However, in 2005, Hill International undertook a related mission for the tollway — construction program oversight monitoring — at a cost of $1.5 million. “Hill will monitor the services of the various consultants, engineers and contractors” working on systemwide construction programs, a 2005 Hill news release stated. “By acting as an independent adviser, Hill will report on the effectiveness of the implementation of the Congestion Relief Plan.”
Corruption or stupidity? Illinoisans have had enough of both.