CHICAGO — Illinois and Indiana's plan to build a controversial $1.3 billion tollroad through public private partnerships cleared a key hurdle as an Illinois-based regional planning committee voted to include the project in the area's long-range transportation and land use plan.

The 47-mile toll highway would link Interstate 65 in northwest Indiana to Illinois' Interstate 55 in Chicago's southern suburbs. The vote Thursday was a victory for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn whose transportation department asked regional planners to include the project in the long range plan.

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