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Sandoval: Input from Peoria-area leaders shows need for statewide construction plan

Sandoval Peoria Hearing ­PEORIA – The Subcommittees on Capital for the Senate Transportations and Appropriations II Committees held their fourth hearing at Bradley University in Peoria Monday, hearing from interested groups about capital infrastructure needs in the area.

Representatives from local government, transportation experts, educators, business groups, labor organizations and other interested parties testified before the subcommittees about existing capital and needs that should be addressed in a potential bill to release funding for infrastructure improvements around the state.

“We had a productive meeting today and got a better perspective on what projects are needed in this part of the state,” said State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), Chair of the Transportation Committee. “It’s clear that there is great need for an infusion of infrastructure funding in the Peoria area, and we’re going to do our best to make sure communities across the state have a chance to rebuild crumbling roads and bridges.”

Illinois has not passed a capital bill in a decade. In 2018, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Illinois a C- grade, saying the state’s transportation infrastructure shows signs of deterioration and faces increasing vulnerability.

Some groups at the hearing, including the Illinois Municipal League and the Tri-State Development Summit/Highway 34 Coalition, advocated for raising some taxes and fees to pay for construction projects around the state.

“I think we can all agree that it’s become clear that Illinois is in urgent need of a comprehensive plan to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure,” Sandoval said. “These hearings are giving us key insights as to what a construction plan would need to look like to efficiently address the needs we’re seeing throughout the state.”

The subcommittees will hold three more hearings on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 16 in Chicago – Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago
  • Monday, April 22 in Elgin – Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin
  • Friday, May 3 in Hainesville – Hainesville Village Hall, 100 Hainesville Rd., Hainesville