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Infrastructure

Daisy Contreras

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed into law a long-awaited $45 billion infrastructure plan.

Illinoisans will soon pay more for gasoline and cigarettes. Those are just two tax increases needed to pay for a $45 billion infrastructure plan, which includes money from sports betting and additional casinos.

The need for new or repaired roads, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure in Illinois continues to outpace the amount of funding available to complete the projects. With a new governor and legislative session starting in January, discussions have already started with an aim to change that.

Illinois lawmakers say they’ve begun discussing a potential capital bill. It would fund construction and repair projects for the state’s infrastructure over the next several years.


Macomb Bypass Now Open to Traffic

Jun 1, 2018
TSPR's Rich Egger

The first two lanes of the Highway 336 bypass around Macomb opened to traffic Friday afternoon.

Illinois Gets "C" For Maintaining Infrastructure

Aug 13, 2014

A group of civil engineers says Illinois needs to pay more attention to maintaining its infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the state a "C-minus" on its report card earlier this year. Darren Olsen, who's with the group, says recent breakdowns in infrastructure have gotten national attention, but he wants to turn that attention into action.

Good Price on FM Sewer Work

Nov 26, 2012

Fort Madison appears to be getting a good deal on some upcoming sewer work.

Fort Madison Seeking Public Input

Nov 1, 2012

Fort Madison residents have several opportunities to weigh in on a proposed infrastructure improvement program.

Fort Madison is considering a plan to borrow millions of dollars to improve its infrastructure.

City Manager Byron Smith says a citizens’ survey was conducted last year. 

He says the results showed that residents are not happy with the quality of Fort Madison’s streets.

Smith says the city can only afford to make a few, small repairs to streets each year, so he is proposing a multi-million dollar infrastructure improvement program.

The proposal looks at what could be done from the city’s five-year capital improvement plan with $6-million.