The 2010 infrastructure program known as Illinois Jobs Now! has funded thousands of miles of road repairs so far, paid for by higher taxes on alcohol, candy and soft drinks; a higher license plate fee; and revenue from video poker.
Quinn has parceled out announcing those plans over the past several years. The latest include a new bridge in Moline, bridge replacements on the Stevenson Expressway in Chicago, and work on I-74 near Champaign. But that program is winding down.
In his budget speech, Gov. Quinn called for a new one to address ever-present infrastructure needs. A transportation group has proposed hiking Illinois' vehicle registration fees, adding a sales tax to oil changes and car washes and a higher tax on gasoline.
"I think that's a depleting resource; I think using the gas tax to fund our future would not be a wise idea."
But he offered no suggestions of his own. He's leaving it up to an as-yet unnamed, bipartisan panel of legislators to figure out how to pay for it.
The state’s new transportation plan includes more than $200 million to replace War Memorial Drive over the McCluggage Bridge in Peoria. Funding is also set aside to resurface I-74 in Knox and Peoria Counties, resurface interstate 4-74 near Morton and repair the Cedar Street Bridge over the Illinois River.