Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » $1.1 billion “mini” capital bill moves through House
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
$1.1 billion “mini” capital bill moves through House

Friday, May 30, 2014

* Subscribers were kept abreast of this development yesterday

The Illinois House Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $1.1 billion road-and-bridge package stripped up of what the GOP characterized as pork as the spring legislative session neared a hectic end with several key issues still unresolved. […]

That plan passed the House by a 97-11 vote, with four members voting “present,” in a push sought by labor unions. That measure now heads to the Senate, which also has to vote on a budget Friday or Saturday. Separate legislation to fund the program is up for a House vote Friday. […]

The plan will be paid for, in part, through higher vehicle registration fees put in place in the late 1990s that were used to float construction bonds under former Gov. George Ryan. Some of those bonds have now been paid off by the state.

Led by House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, Republicans forced the plan to be scaled back from a $1.6 billion package originally sought by House Democrats, arguing that the hundreds of millions of dollars that were stripped away could have been earmarked for no-strings-attached, election-year goodies.

* More

House Bill 3794 calls for $1.1 billion in construction spending, $1 billion of which would go to road and bridge projects included in IDOT’s 5-year plan. The bill does not list the projects because they would be determined by IDOT, but sponsor Rep. Luis Arroyo said that the department plans to prioritize projects that are ready to go during the summer construction season. The remaining $100 million would go to local street repair projects. The money for construction would come from funding sources approved as part of the 1999 Illinois First capital program. Borrowing for the plan has been paid off, but the increased fees and taxes remain. “Some of that debt has been retired. It’s been paid off, and the revenue stream that was used to support it is now available,” said House Speaker Michael Madigan.

The plan passed with bipartisan support. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin said that after the particularly harsh winter, the state’s roads need work. “Illinois roads were clobbered.” He said that while Republicans opposed other construction projects passed in the House yesterday, this pared-down plan is “responsible” because the spending will be decided by IDOT instead of legislators. “It’s a smaller bill, but this is going to get us through the end of the year.”

But some lawmakers questioned spending money that could otherwise go into the general revenue fund on a rushed capital bill that does not include anything other than road and bridge projects. “I think this is the wrong time to do this, and I think this is the wrong approach,” said Northbrook Democrat Rep. Elaine Nekritz. and Proponents argued that this plan can be accomplished now to get people to work in the coming months, and the issue of a larger capital plan could be revisited later. “Bottom line, this is going to put people to work. Those people will pay taxes, and some of those taxes will come to the state of Illinois,” said Madigan.

* More

Other members complained they did not know what road projects would be included in the program, although many lawmakers had copies of a project list provided to them by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider said the program will focus on “shovel ready” projects that can be undertaken quickly. The projects are coming from IDOT’s five-year plan, which outlines both current road projects and those planned for the future. She said some of the future projects could get moved up under the program.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs said the capital bill was scaled back from its original idea. At first, he said, it also contained $500 million for building projects other than roads.

“I had concerns with pork-barrel spending,” Durkin said. “We were not going to participate in a program with that type of discretionary spending.”

That part of the bill was removed, leaving only road and bridge projects, which Durkin supported.

You can see IDOT’s full five-year plan broken down into legislative districts by clicking here. Only some of those projects will be funded by this new capital bill.

* Legislators will have to trust IDOT to be fair. Check out the way that a billion of that $1.1 billion is appropriated

The sum of $1,000,000,000, or so much thereof 5 as may be necessary for statewide purposes, is appropriated from the Transportation Bond Series D Fund to the Department of Transportation for preliminary engineering and construction engineering and contract costs of construction, including reconstruction, extension and improvement of state and local highways, arterial highways, roads, access areas, roadside shelters, rest areas, and fringe parking facilities and sanitary facilities, and such other purposes as provided 1by the “Illinois Highway Code”; for purposes allowed or required by Title 23 of the U.S. Code; for bikeways as provided by Public Act 78-850; for land acquisition and signboard removal and control and preservation of natural beauty; and for capital improvements which directly facilitate an effective vehicle weight enforcement program, such as scales (fixed and portable), scale pits and scale installations and scale houses, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations for the state and local portions of the Road Improvement Program.

* House members voting “No” yesterday were

Kelly Burke, Scott Drury, Kay Hatcher, Fran Hurley, Jeanne Ives, Dwight Kay, Dave McSweeney, Tom Morrison, Elaine Nekritz, Sandi Pihos, Ann Williams.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

18 Comments
  1. - Roadiepig - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 9:29 am:

    Another exhibit for the upcoming Supreme Court to use to throw out Madigan’s “police powers” argument as the reasoning for cutting employee/retiree pensions and benefits.

    Yes we need road improvements- no question. But if you can yank 1.1 billion out of the budget even with the “temporary” tax increase expiring then you aren’t in a crisis , are you?


  2. - Commonsense in Illinois - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 9:49 am:

    Maybe we could get that services sign on I-55 in Bloomington that was knocked over and has been a twisted eyesore since LAST NOVEMBER removed…finally?


  3. - Ahoy! - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 9:49 am:

    So House Republicans want to trust a state department (IDOT) who has just faced criticism r overly political hires and reports tot he Governor is who running in a tough election?

    I just wanted to make sure I’m straight on that.

    Also, the State bonds way too much for road maintenance and ween itself off this habit. Bond for the big projects and pay-as-you-go for road maintenance. To help them slowly get back onto a rational maintenance program they could start by selling shorter bonds (10 years).


  4. - Give Me A Break - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 9:50 am:

    Roadie: The program uses money from bonds, not GRF, you are mixing apples and oranges.


  5. - wordslinger - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 9:56 am:

    Nothing like election-year road and bridge projects funded by retired bond revenue streams to bring out a bipartisan kumbiyah moment.

    Why do I get the feeling the half billion of “pork” stripped from the bill was a WWE act engineered by Madigan and Durkin to give everyone “fiscal responsibility” cover?


  6. - Freddie Razzle - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 9:56 am:

    Only 5 Dems voting no means that Madigan didn’t need Durkin which means Durkin probably just got played.


  7. - Rich Miller - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 10:04 am:

    ===Madigan didn’t need Durkin===

    The bill required a three-fifths majority. Take a breath.


  8. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 10:05 am:

    ===Only 5 Dems voting no means that Madigan didn’t need Durkin which means Durkin probably just got played.===

    Um, no.

    You make it bi-partisan, and get something in the program, and by making it bi-partisan, Durkin can now use that chit for something he can ask Speaker Madigan for later.

    Big picture, please. This is more about something down the road than the vote cast.


  9. - Rich Miller - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 10:05 am:

    ===“pork” stripped from the bill was a WWE act engineered by Madigan and Durkin ===

    Nah. They put the pork in another bill.

    lol


  10. - A guy... - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 10:19 am:

    Fix the roof on the mansion with with some of this. Even if you have to add an amendment. Last I checked, they know how to add amendments.


  11. - Norseman - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 11:47 am:

    Give Me A Break did you read the following from this post?

    === But some lawmakers questioned spending money that could otherwise go into the general revenue fund on a rushed capital bill that does not include anything other than road and bridge projects. “I think this is the wrong time to do this, and I think this is the wrong approach,” said Northbrook Democrat Rep. Elaine Nekritz. ===

    Sounds like Roadiepig did read it.


  12. - Just Me - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 12:01 pm:

    Nothing for transit?


  13. - Roadiepig - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 12:04 pm:

    Thanks Norseman- and yes Give Me… I did see it was bond money. But unless I am mistaken those bonds are more highly protected than even vendors and the lowly pensioners. That is new spending that will have to paid off down the road.

    Point being- the state can still borrow money from the bond holders to pay for things the politicians want. These bonds are additional spending ( no matter how long the term to pay them off) and Madigan’s long preamble for SB1 said the state can not come up with enough money to even pay the bills the state already owes (pensions), let alone come up with revenue for new stuff. This is further prof that his premise is just an lame excuse to stiff retirees. Simple as that…


  14. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 2:04 pm:

    == a $1.1 billion road-and-bridge package stripped up of what the GOP characterized as pork == That plan passed the House by a 97-11 vote == Republicans forced the plan to be scaled back from a $1.6 billion package originally sought by House Democrats ==

    Wow. Look at what happens when you actually include each other in the negotiating process. You work together and things actually get done.


  15. - A guy... - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 2:32 pm:

    True FKA. Also helps when it’s a decent piece of legislation that affects everyone.


  16. - wordslinger - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 2:38 pm:

    –True FKA. Also helps when it’s a decent piece of legislation that affects everyone.–

    C’mon man, you don’t know what’s in the legislation, or have any way of judging the merits. It’s roads and bridges. Everyone gets a piece of the action.

    Seriously, do you think this was a statesmanlike moment? Everyone who voted for it made sure they had a project, and could care less about the necessity of the other projects or “the program” as a whole.

    Same as it ever was.


  17. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 4:57 pm:

    == you don’t know what’s in the legislation, or have any way of judging the merits ==

    Statehouse reporters and their sources know what was in the bill. The article says this was stripped of pork, and that is the reason this bill passed whereas the initial $1.6 billion bill was a non-starter. There must be some truth in that.


  18. - wordslinger - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 8:59 pm:

    –Statehouse reporters and their sources know what was in the bill.–

    I love them all to death, and it’s beside the point, but I doubt it, but gimme those roads and bridge and I’m a sweet m-f bipartisan all day long.

    Hope it doesn’t hurt him coming from me, but kudos to Rep. Durkin. I think he has some game. Make me wish I was a Republican, again, player!

    There’s a rabid posse out there that has infected the national GOP that keeps them from wanting to accomplish n-e-thing.

    They’re nuts,and I don’t put up with that stuff from KNOW-BAh=DEE.

    This is the guy who happily voted for HW, Dole, Thompson, Edgar, and I have no place in the GOP?

    It’s crazy. I don’t understand it. I damn sure don’t respect it. And you better pack a lunch because it will be an all-day job before I stop howling.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Adventures in data governing
* Higher ed group to continue working this summer
* State Senate candidate once dressed up in blackface for Halloween
* Brady says GOP leveraged balanced budget from nervous Dems
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* Politifact rates Rauner Legionnaires' claim 'False'
* Former 'Chicago Tonight' host Elizabeth Brackett has died
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Illinois Budget Bill Makes Few Tax Changes exce.....
* Governor considering medical marijuana bill for.....
* Monday, June 18, 2018..
* Local hospital to spend $2.5M on improvements, .....
* Trending News Today: NIH Ends Study Evaluating .....
* State Journal-Register: Illinois pharmacies pus.....
* Rauner's Legionnaires' claim misses the.....
* Push To Bridge Gender Wage Gap Continues..
* Morning Spin: Emanuel tops $9.5M in fundraising.....
* Fact-check: Rauner's Legionnaires' weat.....


* Mother of man fatally shot by central Illinois police sues
* Cleanup of massive central Illinois rock slide begins
* Midwestern states endure flash flooding, heat wave
* New organization that honors black firefighters to open
* Rauner names curator for newly remodeled governor's mansion
* William Shatner captains bitcoin mining farm in Illinois
* Peoria man killed in auto race in Canada
* Plan would turn old Illinois library into craft distillery
* Chicago is in for a dangerously hot day
* EXCHANGE: Community reacts after college announces closing

* Rauner to consider allowing medical cannabis for opioid patients
* Bipartisan work yields gun bills, fate rests with Rauner
* Rauner names Justin Blandford curator of Governor's Mansion
* Rauner names Williamsville woman interim HFS director
* Both Rauner and Pritzker have donated to Mansion renovations
* Both candidates for governor have donated to Mansion renovations
* Illiopolis boy helps push bill to cover hearing aids for kids
* Under the Dome Podcast: AFSCME lawsuits everywhere, #MeToo fallout, governor ad war
* Rauner says more ads coming like one featuring other Republican governors
* Madigan aide ousted in harassment scandal responds to accuser

* Show us your office!
* PowerShares keeps growing—even as name prepares to die
* 4 ways a U.S.-China trade war could play out
* Roskam's intriguing immigration move
* Apple partners with Oprah for original content push


* Woman missing from South Shore since May found
* Because I’m pro-life, I am appalled to see children taken from parents at border
* FIFA charges Mexico after fans use anti-gay slur during game against Germany
* World Cup’s only black coach says soccer needs more diversity
* Apple aims to deliver pinpoint locations of iPhones when calling 911
* Mexico faces FIFA discipline after fans chant anti-gay slurs at World Cup
* Concealed carry permit holder scares off home invasion suspect in Riverside
* No definitive ruling from Supreme Court on partisan redistricting
* Homeland Security chief says no apology for separating families
* Trump adviser Roger Stone reveals new meeting with Russian


* Summer steak out — 30 days of Chicago's best steaks, steakhouses and steak dishes
* Glencoe school district approves nearly $200K for grade school security enhancements
* Justices: No definitive ruling on partisan districts
* Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem
* Strong earthquake near Osaka, Japan, kills 4, knocks over walls
* White House insists Democrats to blame for family separations, even as some in GOP urge Trump to reverse course
* Trades within the lottery could jolt an already intriguing NBA draft this week
* FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings vs. Mexico after fans chant anti-gay slur
* With controversial apartment proposal behind them, Arlington Heights trustees weigh future of undeveloped downtown area
* Dozens of baby seagulls found dead on South Loop street; wildlife experts suspect they were tossed from rooftop


» Push To Bridge Gender Wage Gap Continues
» Dad-isms: Jokes and Lessons Our Fathers Taught Us
» Parkland Survivors Join Chicago Youth, Celebrities At St. Sabina's Peace March
» Why Don’t Chicago Beaches Have A Poop Threshold?
» Furniture From Closed CPS Schools Ends Up In Surprising Places
» Students Go Back In Time To Record On Machine That Democratized Music
» State Week: AFSCME Contract; Abortion Court Fight; Former Madigan Staffer Responds To Accusations
» Durbin OKs State Senator McCarter for Kenya Ambassadorship
» Durbin Backs State Senator McCarter for Kenya Ambassadorship
» WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: June 15, 2018


* Rauner to consider allowing medical cannabis for opioid patients
* George Will: Congress suffers arthritic knees from genuflecting to presidential power
* Bipartisan work yields gun bills, fate rests with Rauner
* Bernard Schoenburg: Gov. Rauner owns Sangamon farmland — with somebody
* Bernard Schoenburg: Rauner owns Sangamon farmland — with somebody
* Angie Muhs: New reporter will focus on local business coverage
* Our View: City should not put competing township referendum on ballot
* Faith Coalition for the Common Good: Leaders impact lives of homeless
* Statehouse Insider: Illinois second to Missouri again
* Thom Dammrich: The Modern Fish Act — Good for Illinois


* O'Fallon student among five valedictorians at Althoff
* Coroner releases ID of Illinois man killed in ATV crash
* Photo surfaces of GOP state Senate candidate Patton in blackface
* State senate candidate wore blackface for Halloween
* June 20 Illinois basketball chat
* Best of the week: 9 things to do this week
* Local hospital to spend $2.5M on improvements, including a new sleep clinic
* Touchette Regional Hospital renovations
* Road closure: Morris Ave. work closes northbound lane
* Hang in there! Relief from heat is on the way


* Craig Ferguson, Second City coming to Paramount Theatre
* Japan team at World Cup troubled by earthquake, hotel alarm
* The Latest: Panama holding off Belgium in World Cup debut
* Merkel, allies avert collision for now in German migrant row
* Correction: US Open story

* Groundbreaking for Mercer County's new...
* Heller, Rosen tangle over who can stop Yuc...
* Historic Trail Status Proposed for Route 66
* Why Are Millions Paying Online Tax Prepara...
* Millions of Americans pay unnecessary tax ...
* Veterans Corner 6/18/18
* Pravin Varughese murder: Indian-American m...
* Congressmen aim to give Route 66 Historic ...
* Rep. Lipinski Holds Lockport Senior Fair
* Parkland survivors, local students support...

* Rebellious Resistance Guide: How to Fight ......
* Monday, June 18, 2018...
* Lvm Capital Management LTD Decreased Its B......
* Great West Life Assurance Company Has Uppe......
* Trump tweets Dems and GOP should get toget......

* Rebellious Resistance Guide: How to Fight ......
* The Democrats' Myopic Reaction to the ......
* Tammy Duckworth for Senate Tammy......
* Our view: GOP group spot on in recent Blag......
* "Senator Tammy Duckworth …&quo......

* Dangerous People Are Teaching Your Kids
* Talking is better than war.
* Don Hellison.
* 50% oppose sanctuary communities in new Rasmussen poll
* The Weekend In Chicago Rock
* Dress Coded: Rules And Punishment For Black Girls Abound
* Ives-led group of GOP lawmakers and candidates call for Madigan to resign
* Gov Rauner marches in Aurora's First Gay Pride Parade
* Elonorail
* Reader sold to group led by Chicago Crusader publisher Dorothy Leavell


* Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Cereal
* PHIL VASSAR AND LOVE AND THEFT ROUND OUT THE DU QUOIN STATE FAIR GRANDSTAND
* Illinois 89 Bridge in Spring Valley Opens to Traffic
* Gov. Rauner announces release of funding for Department of Agriculture programs
* Gov. Rauner, Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti provide update on efforts to combat opioid epidemic

  
* The Logitech Craft keyboard’s giant button is a tactile dream
* Pokémon GO now lets you befriend other animal kidnappers
* YouTube Music launches in 12 more countries, including the UK and Canada
* [Deal] Save $100 on the Nebula Mars II Portable Projector
* vivo will launch the NEX A and NEX S in India in the second half of July
* Oppo Find X may have the biggest screen-to-body ratio yet (Updated June 18)
* Nvidia’s AI creates amazing slow motion video by ‘hallucinating’ missing frames

* Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox series preview
* Sox is singular: Will the White Sox win more 'without a ...
* In My Words: With new players, Getz gets it
* Chicago White Sox: Three predictions for second half of season
* Chicago White Sox drink to Budweiser deal
* White Sox Provide James Shields With No Run Support in Serie...
* PenCities White Sox continue rivalry with Reno


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller