To the Editor,
On June 6, a column from state Rep. Steve Reick, R-Woodstock, ran in the Northwest Herald on Illinois’ approved six-year capital bill and the effect it will have on McHenry County. I want to thank Rep. Reick for his support of infrastructure investment.
As a McHenry County resident, I know how important investing in our crumbling roads is to our community and how investment will help alleviate traffic and crashes.
Illinois roads, bridges and mass transit have been underfunded for far too long. Illinois has a C-minus infrastructure ranking from the American Society of Civil Engineers. It has been estimated that more than $4.6 billion a year is necessary to bring all roads, bridges, and transit systems into a state of good repair. The $45 billion six-year capital bill will help put Illinois on the right track.
Infrastructure investment is crucial to every Illinois resident, employee and business because transportation serves at the backbone of the economy. With Illinois being one of the transportation hubs of the country – because of our central location – Illinois cannot afford to continue neglecting our transportation infrastructure.
The transportation network ensures businesses can deliver their products to markets and that consumers can access those markets, while also guaranteeing the public’s access to their jobs, schools, hospitals and countless other public services. Investing in infrastructure grows businesses, creates jobs, builds strong communities and improves quality of life.
Because of the 2016 Transportation Lockbox Amendment to Illinois’ Constitution, I am thrilled that new transportation investment will be protected and used only for transportation needs. I want to again thank Rep. Reick for his support on voting to invest in Illinois.