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The gap in the Skokie Valley Trail

A project to close a 6.8 mile-gap in the Skokie Valley Trail in Cook County is in serious jeopardy. /

Local towns have been working together to obtain federal transportation dollars, but unfortunately they were denied a federal grant request for funding a few months back. Now, they're left wondering about next steps. 

The funding they were denied would have come through the Transportation Enhancements program, the largest funding source for bicycle trails in the United States. Tragically, this funding program has been eliminated from the most recent transportation-funding bill running through the U.S. House of Representatives.

There's been some good coverage of the Skokie Valley Trail gap in recent weeks from the Tribune, Bike Rader and ChicagoNow.