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State transportation infrastructure ‘listening tour’ kicks off next week


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A transportation infrastructure “listening tour” with more than 30 stops across Illinois will kick off next week to solicit ideas from the public about prioritizing spending, officials announced Tuesday.

The road show, which will start downstate and travel to the Chicago area in May, is being held at a critical time. The list of roads and bridges rated in unsatisfactory condition is increasing, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Meanwhile, the state’s capital improvement program has expired and Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed deep funding cuts in numerous programs to reduce the deficit in next year’s budget….Please click here to read Jon Hilkevitch’s story in the Tribune.

One stop will be at 4 p.m. on May 7 at the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, 1906 W. 174th St., Hazel Crest.

A related letter from Secretary Blankenhorn and an IDOT press release are available to download and share with your communities.

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