* Matt Hopf at the Quincy Herald-Whig…
Calling Illinois the transportation hub of America, Gov. Bruce Rauner said the state has underinvested in its infrastructure.
“It has also not expanded to keep up with the rest of the economic growth across America,” he said. “We need to do a big infrastructure bill. I’m going to be pushing to get a balanced budget and do a major infrastructure investment program, so we can be investing in the rail system, the roads and the locks and dams here in Western Illinois, but all across the state.” […]
While not citing specifics on how to pay for a statewide capital plan, Rauner said he could go along with some new revenue and tax options being proposed by legislators.
“There’s been many things that have been put on the table, and I’m flexible,” Rauner said. “We’ll work that out. We need to pay for it, and we can. We’ll find the money if we have a balanced budget, and if we have more job creation.”
He’s been promising a big infrastructure plan since the 2014 campaign, but has yet to propose a thing.