To relieve tremendous traffic congestion caused by the rapid population growth in Lake, McHenry, Kane and Cook County, I support the Route 53 extension. However, minimizing any negative impact on local communities and homeowners must be paramount to the project. At this time a bi-partisan committee has been set up to study the extension. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with this committee so we can come to an agreement and allocate funding for this much needed extension.