To The Herald-Whig:
In 2009, I pledged to work with the General Assembly to advance a construction program for Illinois. We immediately began work on a plan to create jobs, stabilize the economy and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. In just 10 short weeks we were able to accomplish what couldn't be done in 10 years. We passed the first-in-a-decade capital construction plan. Our program was bigger than all of the other state infrastructure programs combined.
Since the program began, thousands of people have been put to work and well over $6 billion has been invested in our state's infrastructure. In Quincy and Adam's County alone, a total of $31 million has been invested from the capitol bill.
The task of energizing the economy and creating jobs is far from over. It shouldn't take another 10 years to build public will and pass a new capital construction program to move our economy forward.
Before the Illinois Jobs Now program slows down in the coming years, we must ramp up our efforts to rebuild our state infrastructure and economy. That's why I'm joining the Herald-Whig in calling for a new capital construction plan.
It won't come without a cost. But that cost is an investment that yields many returns by way of jobs, better roads and infrastructure that attracts business.
I ask the Herald-Whig, members of both parties and the people of Illinois to join me in identifying the resources and revenue needed to continue our investment in our future.
Illinois Senate President