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Holmes: Transit, municipalities and schools benefit in new capital construction plan signed by governor

Published: Friday, June 28, 2019 11:41 AM

holmes 032119Aurora, Ill. – State Senator Linda Holmes looks forward to infrastructure improvements locally and statewide after Gov. JB Pritzker signed the $45 billion “Rebuild Illinois” capital funding plan into law today.

“We will finally be able to upgrade our roads, bridges, freight and passenger rail, transit, airports and waterways – which creates good jobs in our communities,” Holmes said. “Having dedicated resources for horizontal and vertical infrastructure projects means this is not just a one or two year plan, but a means for continual modernization.” 

The list of appropriations set for the 42nd District includes $100 million for the Regional Transportation Authority to extend Metra train service beyond Aurora into Kendall County, bringing public transit to the fastest growing region in Illinois.

“I’ve met so many people who drive in to the Aurora Metra station because there’s no alternative, and I’m so pleased this project will be able to provide better access and reduce highway congestion for commuters,” Holmes said.

Projects included in the capital plan include infrastructure and building improvements for the municipalities of Montgomery, North Aurora, Oswego and Aurora; Fox Valley Park District; and School Districts 129 and 131. It also provides funds to area human service facilities that provide substance abuse treatment and support, homeless services, domestic and sexual violence healing and shelter, and support for Spanish-speaking families.

“These are long-overdue projects our communities have needed for years,” Holmes said. “I told our local officials I would advocate for this funding to fix and build for our growing region’s needs, and I’m pleased to be able to deliver.”

From the higher education system’s appropriations budget is $6.68 million to the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora for renovation of residence halls and other capital improvements. IMSA continues to draw more students from throughout the nation and the world for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.

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.

Van Pelt looks ahead to local infrastructure improvements as governor signs Rebuild Illinois plan

Published: Friday, June 28, 2019 11:37 AM

vanpelt 022119CHICAGO – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt is excited about upcoming infrastructure improvements in the 5th District after Gov. JB Pritzker signed the $45 billion “Rebuild Illinois” capital funding plan into law today.

“Our roads, bridges, transit systems and community service facilities will finally get dedicated resources to renovate and modernize,” Van Pelt said. “This plan will reinvigorate our neighborhoods and create good jobs as well.”

A list of projects set for Van Pelt’s district includes improvements and replacement of HVAC, roofs, plumbing, fire control and a range of other repairs and construction at locations such as the Women’s Treatment Center, Garfield Conservatory, Safer Foundation and Chicago Bulls College Prep.

“My constituents rely on these services and repairs and improvements are long overdue,” Van Pelt said. “Along with the additional construction funding for schools and transportation, the Rebuild Illinois plan will create jobs and boost commerce in our city.”

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.

Rockford casino to become a reality with governor’s signature

Published: Friday, June 28, 2019 11:35 AM

stadelman 041119SPRINGFIELD – A long sought-after casino will be coming to Rockford after legislation cosponsored by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) was signed into law today.

“After years of work, the casino for Rockford will finally become a reality,” Stadelman said. “Overall, Rockford will see a lot of improvements thanks to this capital infrastructure plan.”

Four pieces of legislation comprising a $45 billion capital infrastructure plan became law today. The plan includes funding for programs ranging from highways to passenger rail service.

Some projects for the Rockford area include:

  • $275 million for passenger rail service from Rockford to Chicago.
  • Funding for the new maintenance facility at Rockford Airport, saving the airport $90,000 a month.

Stadelman will welcome Gov. JB Pritzker to Rockford Monday to showcase the accomplishments. 

Belt applauds construction dollars for Metro East communities

Published: Friday, June 28, 2019 11:32 AM

belt 052819SPRINGFIELD – Billions of dollars in funding will be released for construction projects across the state under a bipartisan package of bills approved by the General Assembly and signed into law today by Gov. JB Pritzker.

“Infrastructure is the backbone of economic growth and expansion,” Belt said. “If we want our state to grow and prosper, we must make continued investments in our roads, bridges, schools and health care networks.”

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 has degraded, causing AAA to give Illinois’s infrastructure a grade of D.

The plan also includes a combined $850,000 for the cities of East St. Louis, Centreville and Alorton for crumbling sidewalks, streets with large potholes and outdated sewer lines.

“This will be an economic stimulus for these cities and give local leaders a chance to invest in their communities,” Belt said. “Overall, this capital bill provides the necessary tools to improve our infrastructure and put us on track to where we need to be.” 

In addition, the East Side Health District, which has been providing health services to the region for 73 years and has filled a vital gap in health services in East St. Louis, will receive $1 million to expand clinic services and invest in urban farming in the neighborhoods.

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