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Link heralds signing of massive investment in Illinois roads, infrastructure

Published: Friday, June 28, 2019 03:54 PM

LinkSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Terry Link joined with Gov. J.B. Pritzker and colleagues today in Springfield as a $45 billion “Rebuild Illinois” construction funding plan was signed into law.

“With this law, communities across the state gain needed economic development and we become more competitive,” said Sen. Terry Link (D-Indian Creek). “This investment in Illinois was overdue. A lot of people have waited a long time for this day to arrive. I’d like to thank my colleagues and Governor Pritzker for making it happen.”

Under the comprehensive plan, long-neglected roads and bridges will be replaced, schools and higher education campuses will receive funds for new construction and mass transit agencies will have the ability to purchase new buses and trains.

Link sponsored the funding plan for vertical projects included in the capital plan, which included the legalization of sports betting and an expansion in the number of casinos in the state.

Locally and statewide, some projects will begin as soon as design and engineering phases are complete. Other projects will be funded over the next few years. New funding approaches mean projects will continue to be funded as needed each year going forward.

Gov. Pritzker joins Crowe in Metro East to celebrate capital legislation

Published: Friday, June 28, 2019 02:45 PM

crowe 062819EAST ST. LOUIS – Sen. Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) welcomed area legislators and state officials to discuss the importance of Illinois’ updated, comprehensive infrastructure plan.

“Illinois’ capital initiative shows that we are steadfast in our commitment to creating good-paying jobs that in turn improve each community’s conditions,” Crowe said. “This bipartisan effort puts people back to work while making meaningful investments in every community in the state.”

The list of capital projects for the 56th District is still being finalized, but among the funding is $200,000 each for the Boys and Girls Club in Bethalto and the Edwardsville YMCA for building updates and repairs.

Ellman supports updated infrastructure plan signed into law today

Published: Friday, June 28, 2019 02:08 PM

ellman 052219SPRINGFIELD – Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) released the following statement reacting to Gov. JB Pritzker signing capital statewide construction funding plan into law today:

“This long-overdue plan will make meaningful investments in our state’s infrastructure. Illinois is a transportation powerhouse, and it has been critical for the state to dedicate more resources into its capital plan for the last 10 years. Not only will our roads, bridges, transit systems and community service facilities benefit, but so will those who are hired for the countless good-paying jobs needed to get these projects done. Commerce, workers, families and Illinois as a whole all benefit under this plan.”

Rebuild Illinois Construction Plan signed into law today

Published: Friday, June 28, 2019 02:06 PM

murphy 041019DES PLAINES State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) released the following statement after Gov. JB Pritzker signed a comprehensive capital construction plan into law on Friday.

“Our roads, bridges and infrastructure have been neglected for too long,” Murphy said. “The Rebuild Illinois construction program will allow us to enhance our roads across the state while paying for these costs as we go with the increased revenue. This restoration will expand across the state and will support more than 500,000 jobs for Illinoisans.”

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