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Crucial I-80 bridge repairs included in statewide construction plan

jbt mcguire 060319Capital construction plan passes with support from McGuire, Bertino-Tarrant

SPRINGFIELD — Included in a statewide construction plan that addresses hospitals, schools and roadways will be funding dedicated to repairs ensuring the long-term safety of the I-80 bridge spanning the Des Plaines River. The plan passed with support from State Senators Pat McGuire and Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

“We took two giant steps toward safety on I-80 by devoting millions in state funding for needed repairs and by clearing the way for the privately funded Houbolt Road Bridge,” McGuire said.

“Local residents cannot continue to tolerate poor roads and bridges,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It is imperative that the state invest in the I-80 bridge to ensure safety, economic growth and eliminate traffic.”

State inspectors signaled an urgent need to repair the bridge, which conveys traffic across the Des Plaines River in the Joliet area. The bridge scored a 6 out of 100 in an IDOT sufficiency assessment – anything below an 80 is considered deficient.

The bridge work is part of a $45 billion plan that will address roadway and building needs all over the state of Illinois, including at public universities, hospitals, and other travel infrastructure.

The construction plan passed the General Assembly today, and awaits the governor’s signature to be enacted.

Tom Cullerton champions Illinois jobs plan

tc 060219SPRINGFIELD –  State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) joined the Illinois Senate to pass a massive $45 billion state infrastructure plan to repair roads, bridges and parks across DuPage County.

Cullerton, a senior ranking member on the Senate’s Transportation Committee, fought to ensure the needs of the 23rd State Senate District were met in the bipartisan approach to updating the state’s infrastructure.

“On Sunday, we passed a jobs plan that will put people to work while ensuring that our community’s needs are met,” Cullerton said. “Our parks, fire departments and senior centers are in dire need of updates to promote public security.”

This is the first comprehensive infrastructure program to pass the General Assembly in over 10 years. Cullerton’s hope is that this will bring key buildings, roads and parks to the standards of the 21st Century.

Projects close to Cullerton’s heart are completing the vital repairs needed for the Ray Graham Home and renovations to the Villa Park Center for Easterseals.

“Easterseals and Ray Graham do outstanding work for our communities,” Cullerton said. “These necessary improvements will allow them to provide even better service and care to the people of Illinois.”

The infrastructure construction plan passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support and now heads to the governor’s desk for his approval.

Link shepherds passage of historic gaming measures, including a new Waukegan casino

link 060219SPRINGFIELD – After many years of work, State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) succeeded in passing a long-anticipated comprehensive gaming proposal through the Senate today. Link’s legislation expands the number of casinos in Illinois and regulates sports betting in the state.

“This is a job creation bill that will help people in every corner of Illinois,” said Link. “I have worked on this for years because it is vitally important for Illinois and the people in our region. I am grateful to my colleagues for helping get this done.”

Budget, construction plans pass with Mulroe’s support

mulroe 040819SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John G. Mulroe issued the following statement as the Illinois Senate adjourned until this fall:

“Despite some friction near the end, this legislative session in Springfield has been transformative,” Mulroe said. “I am proud to have cast my vote to bring a robust construction plan that will fuel jobs and modernize our infrastructure. We have taken action to protect a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her own healthcare. We have set the example for legalization of cannabis with forgiveness for nonviolent offenses and opportunity for the communities most hurt by bad drug policy to participate in the new legal market. We will fund our schools and universities more than last year, with more money for need-based scholarships and property tax relief included. Perhaps most importantly from the standpoint of our duties as good stewards of this state, we’ve approved a balanced budget that fulfills our pension obligation.

“Of great importance to the 10th District and to all veterans and their families in the northern part of our state, the construction plan brings $20 million in operating funds to the newly opened Chicago Veterans’ Home, creating a source of specialized services and care for the men and women who serve on the front lines in our defense. The other much-needed renewal projects throughout the 10th District will ensure our roads and bridges are stronger and safer.

“This is an example of what can be accomplished when we work in a bipartisan manner, with support from a governor who seeks cooperation and mediation.”

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