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*** UPDATED x1 *** Pritzker administration briefs legislators on preliminary draft of six-year $41.5 billion capital plan

Friday, May 17, 2019 - Posted by Rich Miller

*** UPDATE *** Click here for the full briefing.

[ *** End Of Update *** ]

* I’ll get to how they hope to pay for this in a moment, so let’s look at the spending now. The brand name is “Rebuild Illinois.” I’m told that everything is open for negotiation. These projects do not include reappropriations (appropriated in earlier years, but the money wasn’t spent)…

Transportation: $28.6 billion

    • Nearly $11 billion in Multi-Year Plan roads and bridges
    • Over $12 billion in new roads in bridges
    • $3.4 billion in mass transit
    • $442 million for the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE)
    • $769 million in rail
    • $478 million in aeronautics
    • $607 million for miscellaneous transportation

Education: $5.9 billion

    • $2.4 billion in higher education, including deferred maintenance and new projects at public universities and community colleges
    • $3 billion for school construction
    • $111 million for early childhood education
    • $400 million for school maintenance

State Facilities: $4.4 billion

    • $4.4 billion in statewide deferred maintenance and state facility projects

Environment/Conservation: $1 billion

    • $140 million for renewable energy projects, including solar and energy efficiency upgrades at state facilities and transportation electrification in low-income communities
    • $873 million for environmental, conservation, and recreation projects, including:
    o $100 million for unsewered communities
    o $75 million for park and recreational facility construction
    o $31 million for flood mitigation
    o $22 million for dam and waterway projects
    o $20 million for conservation reserve enhancement
    o $29 million for Illinois green infrastructure grants
    o $290 million for hazardous waste
    o $92 million for ecosystem restoration
    o $25 million for land acquisition
    o $150 million for water revolving fund
    o $39 million for well plugging

Broadband Deployment: $420 million

    • $400 million for statewide broadband expansion
    • $20 million for Illinois Century Network

Healthcare and Human Services: $440 million

    • $175 million for affordable housing
    • $50 million for community health centers
    • $200 million for hospital and healthcare transformation
    • $15 million for human services grant program

Economic and Community Development: $711 million

    • $145 million for public infrastructure
    • $240 million for community development
    • $101 million for economic development
    • $50 million for prime sites
    • $35 million for ports
    • $25 million for education and scientific facilities
    • $50 million for economically depressed areas
    • $50 million for emerging technology enterprises
    • $15 million for Minority Owned Business Program

* More highlights…

Northern Illinois

I-80: $1.01 billion for Interstate 80 from Ridge Road to US 30 (Lincoln Highway) in Will County for reconstruction of 16 miles, construction of auxiliary lanes, and replacement of the Des Plaines River bridges, including pre-construction items. Interstate 80 is included in the primary freight network and carries 23 percent of truck traffic on this corridor.

IL 47 in McHenry County: $57 million for IL 47 in McHenry County from north of IL 120 (McHenry Ave) to US 14 for construction and improvements. Widening IL 47 is key to creating economic growth by enhancing mobility, fixing infrastructure, and improving safety in Woodstock and McHenry County. This section of IL 47 from US 14 to IL 120 has the highest existing traffic along the entire corridor and some of the highest crash rates.

Transit: $2.87 billion for the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), which is one of the largest transit systems in the nation and includes the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace.

Rail: $225 million for the Chicago to Quad Cities Intercity Passenger Rail project, which aims to restore service in the Quad Cities and improve connectivity between major Midwest cities. The project consists of reintroducing twice-daily round-trip service between Chicago and Moline, with a new intermediate stop in Geneseo, after a 30-year absence of service on this corridor. Other stations served will include Princeton, Mendota, Plano, Naperville, LaGrange, and Chicago Union Station.

Central Illinois

I 55/I 72 in Sangamon County: $135.4 million for Interstate 55/Interstate 72 in Sangamon County. The reconstruction of this interchange will reduce congestion where the two interstates meet.

Downstate transit: Transit districts outside of the RTA will share in $319 million to maintain and improve their systems.

New projects at universities: New science buildings at Western Illinois University and Eastern Illinois University, deferred maintenance and programmatic funding for University of Illinois, Champaign, Milner Library rehabilitation at Illinois State University, Library Learning Student Success Center at University of Illinois Springfield, and a math, statistics, and data science collaborative facility at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. […]

Veterans’ Home Campus Reconstruction. The Quincy Veterans’ Home is the oldest and largest veterans’ home in Illinois, consisting of approximately 37 buildings constructed between 1886 and 2002. It is home to more than 380 veterans and seniors and employs more than 500 direct care and support staff. The scope of work for construction of a new nursing home and domiciliary on the Quincy Veterans’ Home campus provides for additional beds.

Southern Illinois

US 40/Illinois 33/Fayette Avenue: $61.2 million for US 40/Illinois 33/Fayette Avenue in Effingham County. This segment of roadway in Effingham carries 14,000 vehicles daily with nearly 9 percent being truck traffic.

Delhi Bypass: $24.4 million a new 4-lane roadway that will re-route US 67 to the east of Delhi. Existing US 67 is a rural 2-lane road built in the 1940’s with an Average Daily Traffic (ADT) of 11,000 vehicles per day including 1,000 heavy vehicles. The Bypass will extend the 4-lane section, tying in to recently completed 4-lane sections of US 67 to the south. […]

New projects at universities: Deferred maintenance and programmatic funding for Southern Illinois University, communications building at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a health sciences building at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.


CREATE: $350 million in new funding for the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program to complete the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project and adjacent corridors to prevent costly delays in rail travel. Chicago is the nation’s busiest rail freight gateway and the world’s third largest intermodal port. One-quarter of our nation’s rail-shipped goods and products move to, from, or through Chicago.

New projects at universities: Simulated hospital/nursing Lab at Chicago State University, extension of an academic building at Governors State University, renovation, remodeling, and expansion of the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and the performing arts building at Northeastern Illinois University, deferred maintenance and programmatic funding for University of Illinois, Chicago, and a computer design research and learning center at University of Illinois, Chicago. […]

Cook County Public Health Laboratory: $126 million for the Illinois Department of Public Health for a new Cook County Public Health Laboratory. The IDPH laboratories are the backbone of many public health functions and provide unique and essential testing and surveillance. The Chicago facility is the state’s largest, but has deteriorated over the past four decades, jeopardizing the state’s ability to respond to public health issues. Funding will allow CDB to construct a new, state-of-the-art facility.

Lots of projects for community colleges, but there were so many I decided to leave them out of this already long post.

…Adding… The claim is 540,000 jobs, but that includes “direct, indirect and induced.”


  1. - Ares - Friday, May 17, 19 @ 12:46 pm:

    A great start, just need to find the dough, and refine the list as the dough is found.

  2. - Tim - Friday, May 17, 19 @ 12:48 pm:

    J.B. writing a check to pay for this as well?

  3. - wordslinger - Friday, May 17, 19 @ 12:49 pm:

    Make no little plans….

    Sure beats the Death Spriral, race-to-the-bottom malice of the last guy.

    He didn’t want to build anything but the backlog of bills. But, to be fair, he was really good at that.

  4. - Concerned Dem - Friday, May 17, 19 @ 12:56 pm:

    Can the road work in Effingham County be imprinted “Paid for by the Taxpayers of the Greater Chicagoland Area”

  5. - Honeybear - Friday, May 17, 19 @ 1:07 pm:

    Concerned Dem…….you are savage. Restaurant quality trolling

  6. - Soccermom - Friday, May 17, 19 @ 1:07 pm:

    I was just thinking, “I wonder what’s happening with the CREATE project.” Seriously - not a joke. I am a nerd. A total nerd.

  7. - Inquiring Mime - Friday, May 17, 19 @ 1:18 pm:

    Does anyone have more info on the “programmatic funding” listed for the universities or the human services grant funding listed for HHS? I don’t begrudge funding for either of those areas, but those very brief descriptions don’t sound like what we usually talk about as capital projects. Curious whether the descriptions just don’t do justice to the projects, or they actually managed to squeeze in other types of spending.

  8. - Skeptic - Friday, May 17, 19 @ 1:43 pm:

    I-55/I-72 interchange and not rail relocation? I’ll bet there are some Sangamon pols scratching their heads.

  9. - Former State Worker - Friday, May 17, 19 @ 2:05 pm:

    Interesting that we’re investing in Chicago State, Governor’s University and NEIU. These schools have seen a tremendous drop in enrollment over the past 15 years so I would hope this helps.

  10. - RNUG - Friday, May 17, 19 @ 3:22 pm:

    How that I-55 / I-72 interchange improvement translates to an extra lane on both sides of I-55, even if it means s just from Clearlake to 6th Street … that is what is really needed to address the merge issued there.

  11. - BAP - Friday, May 17, 19 @ 3:47 pm:

    No money should go to new buildings or roads in a state that is losing population. Just basic maintenance.

  12. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 17, 19 @ 3:51 pm:

    ===No money should go to new buildings or roads in a state that is losing population. Just basic maintenance.===

    So… we don’t want to attract more people or businesses.

    The best way to help the exodus is…

    ===No money should go to new buildings or roads in a state that is losing population. Just basic maintenance.===

    And I’m not on your lawn, there are plenty of clouds to yell at today.

  13. - Six Degrees of Separation - Friday, May 17, 19 @ 4:25 pm:

    RNUG - here’s what the fine print says - good news.

    “Interstate 55/Interstate 72 in Sangamon County from south of 6th Street Interchange to West Lake Shore Drive on Interstate 55 and on Interstate 72 from east of MacArthur Boulevard to Interstate 55 for reconstruction and construction of additional lanes of 4 miles, interchange reconstruction, and bridge replacement including pre-construction.”

  14. - RNUG - Friday, May 17, 19 @ 4:50 pm:

    - Six Degrees -

    That is definitely 6th to Stevenson (2 miles), and MacArthur to 6th (2 miles).

    Still leaves me wondering if the additional 4 miles is referring to Stevenson (94) up to Clearlake (98). Probably is and that would be really good news. When done, it may eliminate what seems like a couple of wrecks a day.

    Just hope it doesn’t take as long as when they redid I-55 around Bloomington.

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