Construction of a western bypass expressway around O’Hare International Airport would create at least 78,000 jobs and strengthen the regional economy, but financing the $3 billion project likely would have to come from tolls, according to an advisory council report announced by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn last week.

“This report will be extremely helpful as we move forward with the Elgin-O’Hare West Bypass, which is a priority of my administration,” Quinn said in a statement. “This important project will create thousands of jobs and serve as a major economic engine for northeastern Illinois.”

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