holmes 051821SPRINGFIELD – A measure initiated by Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) urging the General Assembly and governor to invest Illinois's transportation and infrastructure dollars as promised under the Rebuild Illinois program passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday.

“Rebuild Illinois started in 2019 as a comprehensive plan to fund infrastructure construction projects throughout the state, and create thousands of jobs and economic development,” Holmes said. “The pandemic has heightened the need for programs like this one, and I want to make certain the Rebuild Illinois funding is protected and not transferred out for something else.”

Rebuild Illinois, the largest capital construction program in Illinois history at $45 billion distributed over six years, is tackling Illinois’ crumbling infrastructure by funding projects to improve roads, bridges, public transit, clean water infrastructure, rural broadband and public schools.

“Every dollar spent on infrastructure returns $1.57 to local economies,” Holmes said. “It is important to make sure these funds are used as intended.”

Senate Resolution 215 now will go before the full Senate for consideration.

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