Lawmakers: Road funds rarin’ to go
State road projects could get a jump-start this year if lawmakers approve $675 million in new revenue to get them moving before the spring thaw.
The bill stalled last month in the lame-duck session of the Illinois Senate, but supporters said they hope that it is resurrected, and passed, soon after the General Assembly reconvenes Tuesday.
There was a $175 million infusion of federal money after Congress adopted a new national transit strategy last summer. An additional $500 million of state money has come in, partly from healthy motor-fuel tax revenues and previous transportation projects that ended up costing less than lawmakers budgeted.
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