Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced a $6.4 million investment in transportation infrastructure for eastern Illinois at a speech in Urbana this week. The investment is through Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! construction program that was passed in 2009.
This is the fourth year of the five-year program, which will offer almost $500 million dollars in taxpayer funds to local governments in Illinois for transportation construction. It comes in addition to money that local governments will receive from a Motor Fuel Tax on citizens.
The announcement comes at a time when Illinois’ unemployment rate is second highest in the nation at 9.2 percent, second to only Nevada, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. ...More HERE