- Published: Thursday, June 30, 2016 04:24 PM
SPRINGFIELD- Key construction programs will continue under a new bipartisan plan advanced by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).
“The key to economic growth is strong and sound infrastructure in Illinois,” Cullerton said. “Construction projects like High Ridge Road next to Willowbrook High School, will ensure our children’s safety as they commute to school. These types of projects not only create short-term jobs for men and women throughout Illinois but keeps us competitive as businesses look to invest in our communities.”
Recently, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced they would have to cease all road construction projects tomorrow, July 1 due to the lack of state funding.
“I am thrilled for Senator Tom Cullerton’s work to ensure construction projects can continue through the summer,” Villa Park Mayor Deb Bullwinkle said. “On-time completion of projects here in Villa Park will provide much needed relief for local businesses and will improve the quality of life for our residents.”
The measure, Senate Bill 2047, will ensure that road construction continues.
“We need these jobs to keep our economy growing,” Cullerton said.
Senate Bill 2047 will also include payments to local governments from taxes on gas that are used for the maintenance of roads and infrastructure.
“As a former mayor, I understand the importance of maintaining municipalities’ roads and infrastructure,” Cullerton said. “These are local funds that need to be in local hands.”
This bipartisan plan passed the House and Senate and now moves to the governor’s desk for consideration.