Protest Conditions on NB Dan Ryan Expressway, 79th St to 67th, Chicago


Illinois State Police, Chicago Police and IDOT set up barrier between traffic in left two lanes (Lane 1 and Lane 2) and shoulder lanes (apparently Lane 3 and Lane 4, etc).


Through ongoing discussion with all stakeholders of the planned Dan Ryan Expressway protest taking place today, an agreement was reached on July 5, 2018 to accommodate the marchers and provide them with limited access to the Dan Ryan Expressway northbound from 79th Street to 67th Street, where protesters will be allowed to march peacefully for their cause. Due to the potential risk for loss of life or serious injury, to both the protesters and motoring public, commuters and protesters will be safeguarded by Illinois State police (ISP), Chicago Police Department (CPD) in the Illinois Department of transportation (IDOT) personnel.

“The ISP has always supported the public’s First Amendment right to peacefully protest. Our primary concern has always been the safety of the public and the preservation of life. This decision was made due to the heightened risk posed by anticipated actions which were recently disclosed to us. The ISP will take the necessary steps to ensure we do everything in our power to prevent anyone from getting hurt or injured,” concluded ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz.

ISP, CPD and IDOT personnnel will be on the expressway providing a safety barrier between the motoring public traveling on the interstate and the marchers. The left lanes of traffic in the area will remain open.

We ask commuters to please drive safely at all times and seek alternate routes if possible. We are hopeful all peaceful protesters will remain on the safety boundaries set forth and agreed upon.

Rev. Michael Pfleger has tweeted “I’m told that Gov. Rauner put out a statement that we had come to an agreement that we would walk on the shoulder of the road….that Mr. GOVERNOR is a LIE…No AGREEMENT HAS BEEN MADE”

According to Dan Ryan detectors from, traffic volume on southbound lanes (1100 Veh/Hr/Ln) was about twice the traffic volume as northbound lanes (600 Veh/Hr/Ln).

Local lanes northbound are only about 36 to 45 Vehicle/Hour/Lane while southbound is running at about 1100 Vehicles/Hour/Lane.

Witnesses report IDOT trucks, IDOC busses and police officers are on the scene providing a barrier on the Dan Ryan to allow traffic to flow on the left two lanes.

Protesters began entering the Dan Ryan about 10:20 a.m. but most of the large crowd at 79th Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway were not moving at 10:25 a.m.

Mobile ANOV Processing Units are reported at State Street and 67th Street. According to the Chicago Police Department, Mobile ANOV Processing Units involve an on-site adjudication program by the Department of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) and on-site collection of fines and costs, if imposed by the Department of Revenue. The program will give violators the option of paying the imposed fine(s) or have an on-site administrative hearing to adjudicate violations. ANOV is the acronym for Administrative Notice of Ordinance Violations.



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