Illinois lawmakers approve $1.1 billion for roads, bridges

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 6/18/2014

Illinois state lawmakers have signed off on a $1.1 billion plan to get to work on “shovel-ready” transportation projects around the state.

The Senate voted 51-5 to send a bill to the governor’s desk that would authorize selling bonds to pay for road and bridge work throughout the state. House lawmakers already approved HB3794 on a 97-11 vote.

Advocates say the bonds, which would be paid back with revenue from retired bonds, are needed to help address road and bridge damage that resulted from the harsh winter weather.

Gov. Pat Quinn said the added funds will put thousands of people to work and make this year’s transportation construction season the largest in state history.

“Investing in a 21st century transportation system is one of the best ways we can create jobs today and drive our economy forward for generations to come,” the governor said in a news release.

Once the bill is signed into law, work on new transportation projects could begin as early as this summer.

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