Capital Plan

  • Gillespie, Walker honored for critical transportation investment

    TFIC Award CeremonyARLINGTON HEIGHTS – For their efforts to finalize the state’s first capital construction plan in a decade, State Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) and State Rep. Mark Walker (D-Arlington Heights) were given the Friend of Infrastructure Award by the Transportation for Illinois Coalition today.

    TFIC, an umbrella organization of business, labor and transportation groups that have advocated for transportation investment for nearly 20 years, has worked closely with lawmakers in Springfield on the state’s Rebuild Illinois program. Funding shortfalls over the past decade caused many problems with Illinois’ transportation system, including poorly maintained roads and bridges and outdated public facilities.

    “Our transportation system has been neglected for too long,” said Sen. Gillespie. “The capital plan will invest in roads and bridges along with over $1 billion in rail projects that will support commuters. This investment in rail transit will allow commuters to save costs on their personal vehicles, have positive impacts on our environment and give businesses more opportunities to thrive.”

    Rebuild Illinois invests $45 billion into the state’s economy to fix aging infrastructure across the state. According to estimates from the Governor’s Office, the Village of Arlington Heights will receive just short of $3 million in state funds as part of the program.

    “After Illinois’ recent history of dysfunction, the historic and bipartisan vote for infrastructure investment sends a strong and positive message to residents and taxpayers,” said TFIC Managing Director Jennifer Morrison. “Elected officials believe in Illinois and its future and are here to make sure investments that benefit all citizens are made in a responsible way.”

  • Historic statewide construction package signed into law

    Historic statewide construction package signed into law

    Communities across the state will see renewed investment in their infrastructure under a bipartisan construction plan approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker today.

    The $45 billion construction package is the culmination of a three-month negotiation process during which lawmakers traveled throughout Illinois to hear input from local officials, educators, transportation experts and other interested parties.

    “We spent months traveling this state and learned more than I thought possible about the infrastructure needs in various communities,” said State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), who co-chaired the committee charged with developing the construction plan. “The result is a comprehensive package that takes into account the testimony we heard and fairly invests in communities in every corner of the state.”

  • Report shows need to invest in Illinois’ transportation network

    ­pothole 051619SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) joined the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, TRIP research group and state lawmakers from across the aisle for a press conference Wednesday to discuss findings from a report released by TRIP that shows major deficiencies in Illinois’ transportation network.

    “This report has confirmed what we already knew about our transportation system in Illinois – it’s in dire condition and we need to address the problem before it poses even greater safety risks those who use it,” Sandoval said.

    The Trip report, “Illinois Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility,”found that more than 40 percent of roads maintained by state and local government in Illinois are in poor or mediocre condition and that eight percent of state and locally maintained bridges are rated poor or structurally deficient.

    The report further found that the poor condition of Illinois’ roads is costing motorists a total of $18.3 billion per year in extra costs to operate and maintain their vehicle.

    “This report highlights how expensive it can be for Illinois drivers when the state does not maintain its basic infrastructure,” said Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Maisch. “A stronger transportation system is vital to stronger business and a stronger Illinois. We must act now to improve our economy and quality of life in Illinois through infrastructure investment.”

    The Illinois Department of Transportation projects that, under current funding levels, the percentage of state-maintained roads and bridges in need of repairs will increase significantly in the next five years.

    “We can either find new revenue to fix this problem now or wait for our roads and bridges to deteriorate further, which will cost taxpayers more later,” Sandoval said. “The choice is easy. We need to make an investment now to improve public safety and protect taxpayers from even higher costs in the future.”

    “These conditions are only going to get worse, increasing the additional costs to motorists, if greater investment is not made available at the federal, state and local levels of government,” said Will Wilkins, TRIP’s executive director. “Without adequate funding, Illinois’ transportation system will become increasingly deteriorated and congested, hampering economic growth, safety and quality of life.”

    Traffic crashes in Illinois claimed the lives of over 5,000 people between 2013 and 2017.

    “Poor road and bridge conditions are claiming lives in Illinois,” Sandoval said. “This is a safety issue and, as lawmakers, we have the responsibility to make sure it gets fixed.”