American Society of Civil Engineers said that unless Illinois
increases public funding, roads that are already in bad shape
will simply get worse, The Daily Herald reported Sept.
organization issued a report on public infrastructure nationwide
recently, giving the nation a grade of D-. In the Prairie State,
a quarter of the roads are poor or mediocre, the newspaper reported.
group has called for a 6-cent increase in federal fuel taxes to
pay for infrastructure improvements. And although Illinois has
spent billions on roads in recent years, it will need to spend
even more to keep up, experts quoted by the newspaper said.