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Sandoval champions $45 billion infrastructure package

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SPRINGFIELD – Billions of dollars in funding will be released for construction projects across the state under a bipartisan package of bills approved by the Illinois Senate today.

 

The $45 billion construction package is the culmination of a three month negotiation process led by State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), who co-chaired a subcommittee that traveled the state this spring to learn about local infrastructure needs and potential revenue sources to pay for them.

“We did our due diligence in this process to the tune of eight hearings during which we heard over 23 hours of testimony from more than 140 individuals,” Sandoval said. “I think we ended up with a high-quality product that reflects the most urgent needs in Illinois and fairly distributes funds throughout the state.”

The construction plan is Illinois’ first in a decade. Since the last statewide construction plan in 2009, the condition of the state’s roads, bridges and public buildings have degraded, causing AAA to give Illinois’s infrastructure a grade of D.

“We’ve been underfunding our transportation system for decades and it’s time to step up and take serious action to make Illinois a leader in this category,” Sandoval said. “Millions of people use our transportation system on a daily basis and we can’t afford to wait any longer to perform maintenance that keeps them safe.”

The plan includes a modernization of Illinois’ motor fuel tax, which has not seen an update since 1990. The motor fuel tax will also be indexed to inflation to ensure that the state will have a sustainable revenue source to maintain its roads and bridges far into the future.

“We’re taking steps that will make Illinois a leader on transportation well into the future,” Sandoval said. “This is a historic, sustainable plan that will ensure we don’t delay needed maintenance on our infrastructure in the future.”

In addition to the improvements to Illinois’ public infrastructure, the program is also projected to bring over 500,000 new jobs to the state.

“Simply put, this proposal represents economic opportunity for our state,” Sandoval said. “Whether it be through the billions of dollars invested in our economy, the hundreds of new contracts that will be awarded to rebuild our state or the thousands of new jobs for Illinois’ hard working men and women, this investment is going to be provide a boost to every Illinoisan.”