Long Range Transportation Plan open house

Nov 18, 2014

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is seeking input on how to improve regional transportation. A long term planning open house is Tuesday (Tonight) from 5:00p.m. to 7:30p.m. at Five Points Washington. 

Illinois Leads Nation In Improvement in Unemployment

Oct 21, 2014

Illinois had one of the stronger showings in the nation in new jobs last month and it led the way nationally with a a 2.5% drop in unemployment from September of last year to September of this year.

Figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show Illinois added more than 19,000 jobs last month, marking the second largest increase in the nation. 

Illinois trailed only Texas in month over month employment.

The biggest gains came in  professional and business services. That includes more accounting jobs which have increased in the Chicago area.  

The Tri-County Regional Planning commission has made it easier for the public to weigh-in on transportation issues.  

Some Illinois lawmakers say the key to transportation funding is improving public awareness.  That was the message from a panel speaking at the annual I-CAT Transportation Conference in East Peoria. State Senator Karen McConnaughay says getting more input from chambers of commerce, residents and businesses could make transportation funding more efficient than approving a multi-year capital bill:

Illinois will invest another $8.6 billion into roads, bridges and other projects. It's the latest installment of a major infrastructure plan lawmakers passed in 2010. Now, Governor Pat Quinn is calling for a new one. But he’s not saying where the money should come from.

Communities affected by a natural disaster need to both physically respond and take time to calculate accurate damage estimates. That's according to Washington Engineer Ed Andrews speaking at the I-CAT Transportation Conference in East Peoria. He says state and federal deadlines to submit damage assessments kick-in soon after a disaster:

LaHood joins Proterra board of directors

Feb 18, 2014

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is joining the Board of Directors for Proterra.  The company makes electric bus fleets.  

Peoria to name intersection after Ray LaHood

Oct 29, 2013

The City of Peoria is naming the Main and Monroe Street intersection after one of its most notable residents. The naming will honor former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood next week. 

Obama nominates successor to Ray LaHood

Apr 29, 2013

President Barack Obama is nominating a replacement for U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  Obama nominated Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Anthony Foxx to head the department.  Foxx is the first black nominee among Obama's picks for open spots in his second-term Cabinet. If confirmed, Foxx will replace Secretary LaHood, who was one of the few Republicans serving in Obama's administration.  LaHood says he intends to spend time in Peoria after leaving.  He says curbing distracted driving and furthering high-speed rail projects are among the top achievements in his tenure

Quinn aims to improve roads

Apr 17, 2013

Illinois will invest nearly 13 billion dollars on highways, bridges and other transportation projects under a plan the Governor unveiled Wednesday. As IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports the bulk of that spending will go toward fixing roads, not building new ones.          

Regional effort to boost transit access

Apr 8, 2013

The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District is leading a local effort to improve access to transportation for those with disabilities. A task force was formed last summer through the Accessible Transportation Coalition Initiative and the Easter Seals to identify transportation needs in the Peoria area, East Peoria and Pekin.   

Peoria County’s rural transit service may have funding through the end of June.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the County Board is considering two-resolutions next month to fund the cash-strapped service: 

 The rural transit service needs about $140,000 to stay afloat through June. That’s because more people are using the program than annual grant funding can support.  One resolution proposes taking money directly out of the general fund to pay for rural transit costs.  County Board member Allen Mayer has another resolution. He proposes instead paying  for the transit service with anticipated revenues from property taxes and delaying some road projects for a year. 

Area passenger rail hopes hit funding snag

Feb 28, 2013

Chances are slim for securing current federal funding to help bring passenger rail service between Peoria and Bloomington/Normal.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:  The Mayors from Peoria and Normal traveled with staff to Washington D.C. in January asking for $4 million to pay for the rail project’s environmental review and pre-engineering costs.  Officials with the federal transit administration are now saying that there’s no federal planning money currently available to help pay for the project.