* 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)…
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.
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.
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.