Government, Business

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s $41.5 Billion Infrastructure Plan Includes Tax Hikes

Bridge over Des Plaines River in Illinois Bridge over the Des Plaines River in Joliet, Ill., by Getty Images

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has drafted a $41.5 billion plan that would rely on a slew of new taxes and tax increases to repair the state’s infrastructure.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 22, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Retired Teamsters in Illinois Mobilize to Fight for Failing Pension Funds

Teamsters TT File Photo

Dave Mauer and other Central States pensioners in the Rockford area have formed the Illinois/Rock River Valley Committee to Protect Pensions. The group has scheduled an April 6 meeting at the Teamsters Local 325 union hall in Rockford to mobilize and pressure Congress to rescue failing multiemployer pension funds.

Isaac Guerrero | Rockford (Ill.) Register Star
March 25, 2019

Illinois’ Tepid Infrastructure Grade a Product of Funding Neglect, ASCE Leader Says

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Illinois’ recent score of a C- on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ infrastructure scorecard signals underinvestment from elected officials, according to Darren Olson, chairman of the report card study.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 27, 2018
Government, Business

I-74 Bridge Replacement Aims to Ease Mobility in Quad Cities Corridor

Existing I-74 Bridge CTF83!/Wikicommons

The Interstate 74 bridge replacement, a tandem project of the Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation, will increase capacity and facilitate mobility on an important corridor that links the two states.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2018
Government, Logistics, TCA

Illinois Budget Puts State Roads in Crisis, Advocates Say

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Six months after lawmakers hastily passed their first state budget in two years, transportation advocates are sounding the alarm on a little-noticed item that will take $300 million from road repairs to pay other expenses each year.

Tom Lisi | Herald & Review (Decatur, Ill.)
December 6, 2017
Government, Business, TCA

With Two Industrial Parks on the Horizon, Illinois County Hopes to Adopt Freight Plan

With proposals for two large scale industrial parks in the works — in Crete, Ill. and Elwood, Ill. — Will County officials say they hope their soon-to-be-adopted Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan will help local leaders minimize the impacts of these sizable projects.

Susan DeMar Lafferty | The Daily Southtown (Tinley Park, Ill.)
July 24, 2017

Highway Work Will Stop in Illinois if Legislature Fails to Act, IDOT Says

Jane Byrne interchange Jane Byrne Interchange

The Illinois Department of Transportation warned that it will be unable to pay for road work underway if state lawmakers don’t soon finish a budget.

Marissa Gamache | Online Reporter
June 26, 2017

Road Construction Shutdown Averted in Illinois

Hours before the end of fiscal 2016 and a proposed shutdown of infrastructure projects and the layoff of 25,000 highway workers in Illinois, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled Legislature agreed to fully fund transportation for fiscal 2017.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
July 1, 2016

Illinois DOT Nearing Construction Shutdown, Layoffs of Highway Workers

Illinois is on the verge of stopping all highway construction July 1 because of the ongoing budget impasse between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
June 21, 2016

Illinois Budget Impasse Still Holding Up Transportation Funding

With the scheduled May 31 end of its 2016 legislative session at hand, Illinois’ budget stalemate that has stretched for almost a year showed no signs of ending.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
May 27, 2016