Pritzker touts infrastructure funding in southern Illinois stops

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker continues to make frequent stops across the state to tout one of the marquee policy accomplishments of his first year in office and its ongoing benefits to Illinois communities. That is the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan, and on Wednesday he made multiple stops in southern Illinois to […]

State to distribute $94 million to 96 airports through Rebuild Illinois plan

SPRINGFIELD – Nearly 100 airports across Illinois will receive state funding in the coming months for projects ranging from new runways and road relocations to the purchase of mowers and snow removal equipment. The money comes from the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan which passed the General Assembly and the governor signed into […]

1 million EVs: Inside the state’s plan for electrifying the transportation sector

SPRINGFIELD – With a pair of major policy victories in hand, Gov. JB Pritzker traveled to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, at the beginning of the month and shared a vision for his home state: “Illinois intends to become the best place in North America to drive and manufacture an electric […]

Officials outline progress in Cairo river port development

SPRINGFIELD – A proposed river port development in the southern Illinois town of Cairo is drawing much attention and interest from companies that believe it could open up greater access to international markets, officials behind the project said Tuesday. The Alexander-Cairo Port District project has been on the drawing board for about 10 years, but […]

Southern Illinois Town Pins Hopes On River Port Development

CAIRO – Anyone who has driven America’s Interstate highway system is familiar with those standard blue signs near major exits indicating the services available ahead – fuel, food and lodging. Driving south on Interstate 57 in Illinois, approaching the city of Cairo at the state’s southernmost tip, most of the images on those blue signs […]

Renovation Or Replacement Ahead For Two University Of Illinois Icons

URBANA – Extensive changes are on the horizon for two University of Illinois Urbana Champaign buildings built more than a century ago. The Rebuild Illinois state fund will help pay for the $192 million replacement of Illini Hall and renovation of Altgeld  Hall. The 114-year old Illini Hall will be replaced by a brand new […]

Pritzker Announces 6-Year, $20.7 Billion Road, Bridge Improvement Plan

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday the release of a six-year, $20.7 billion construction plan to improve roads and bridges throughout the state, an annual process which the Illinois Department of Transportation oversees to target infrastructure spending. The Highway Improvement Program, funded through the Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan passed in 2019, will reconstruct nearly […]

Pritzker Announces New Round Of Rebuild Illinois Grants

URBANA – Gov. JB Pritzker used local road projects in Champaign County as his backdrop Tuesday to announce the latest round of Rebuild Illinois grants. The governor’s actual backdrop was a lineup of heavy equipment at the Champaign County Highway Department building in Urbana. Standing in front of them, Pritzker listed the accomplishments of Rebuild […]

Highway Interchange Upgrades In Champaign Begin This Week

CHAMPAIGN – Prepare for highway lane closures and a lot more orange construction signs in Champaign. Starting Wednesday, construction crews will begin rebuilding the 56-year-old U-S 150 bridge over I-57.  It is part of an Illinois capital program that will lead to the reconstruction of the entire I-57 and I-74 interchange. The Illinois Department of […]