Illinois May Cut Transportation Funding

June 1, 2012

Illinois passed a $31 billion capital construction plan in 2009, but revenue shortfalls threaten to eliminate $1.5 billion in road and transit improvements.

The DOT is asking to borrow more money to fund a plan that was supposed to be funded by video poker machines, which have not been set up yet.

The state legislature passed a law allowing five more casinos to be built in the state, and the addition of slot machines at race tracks. Governor Quinn opposes the bill.

In the meantime, efforts to tackle the state’s $83 billion debt by reforming state pension plans fell flat on the legislature’s final day in session.