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Category Archives: News

The Daily Journal, Kankakee: Let’s stop raiding road funds, vote ‘yes’ on road measure

The Daily Journal, Kankakee: Let’s stop raiding road funds, vote ‘yes’ on road measure

Let’s stop raiding road funds, vote ‘yes’ on road measure | Editorials | daily-journal.com As detailed in a recent Weekend Think section published by the Daily Journal, Illinois voters will get to decide if taxes collected on Illinois roads, notably tolls, license fees and gas taxes, should be used to repair those roads. The ballot

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WJBC-AM, Bloomington: Illinois Chamber pushing Safe Roads Amendment

WJBC-AM, Bloomington: Illinois Chamber pushing Safe Roads Amendment

By Greg Halbleib State lawmakers have been guilty of driving off with highway funds for reasons other than road improvement, and the state chamber of commerce is pushing a measure on the November ballot that would keep that money on the roads.[…]

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Bureau County Republican, Princeton: Nominations open for inaugural Illinois Job Honor Awards

Bureau County Republican, Princeton: Nominations open for inaugural Illinois Job Honor Awards

Nominations open for inaugural Illinois Job Honor Awards | Bureau County Republican SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Job Honor Awards is accepting nominations for its first annual awards event, to be conducted Nov. 30, in Lisle. The awards will celebrate Illinoisans who have overcome significant barriers to employment and the employers who hire them. […]

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Editorial: State transportation funds need secured

Editorial: State transportation funds need secured

It isn’t easy to think about the politics of funding when driving along some of the state’s kidney-punching roads.

But since the days of former Gov. Rod “40892-424” Blagojevich, funds often called “set-asides” — basically money taken out of a main account and stored away for a special purpose — have become targets for politicians playing a financial shell game.

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Voters to say yes or no to protecting road funds

Voters to say yes or no to protecting road funds

Voters will get to say yes or no in November to an amendment to the Illinois Constitution to keep road funds from being used for other purposes. It’s nicknamed the Safe Roads Lockbox Amendment.

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Illinois waterways responsible for 1.7 million jobs, study shows

Illinois waterways responsible for 1.7 million jobs, study shows

Illinois waterways contribute to more than 1.7 million jobs and $102.5 billion in wages, according to a report released by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Foundation about the Illinois River’s impact on the economy.

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Want Illinois lawmakers to keep their hands off your road money? Vote yes

Want Illinois lawmakers to keep their hands off your road money? Vote yes

When you pump gas the taxes you pay by the gallon are supposed to be used to fix roads or help pay for new ones.

But Illinois lawmakers have made a habit out of diverting money from the road fund — all special funds, actually — into the general fund to patch budget holes they couldn’t figure out how to fill.

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Illinois voters to see roads ‘lockbox amendment’ on November ballot

Illinois voters to see roads ‘lockbox amendment’ on November ballot

When Illinois voters head to the polls in November, their first ballot question won’t involve U.S. presidential candidates, but a measure aimed at preventing transportation-related funding in the state from being used for other purposes.

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Freight On The Water In Illinois: What’s Needed For The Future?

Freight On The Water In Illinois: What’s Needed For The Future?

Recently on 1340 WJOL we heard from Will County Center for Economic Development leader John Greuling about the planned Will County Freight Friendly Mobility Study, and how it will hopefully prepare Will County for the future when it comes to the increasing amount of freight passing through via road, rail, and water. The latter of those three was the focus of a recent report from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Their report says Illinois waterways support more than one-point-seven million jobs and 102-point-five billion dollars in annual wages.

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Groups push for Safe Roads Amendment to end raids on Illinois road fund

Groups push for Safe Roads Amendment to end raids on Illinois road fund

A state constitutional amendment that would prevent raids on the Illinois road fund appears to have support from voters, but backers of the amendment are not taking any chances.

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