Investing In our Infrastructure to Create Jobs in our Community
Studies have shown that investments in our infrastructure lead to new economic activity and job creation – that’s why, as a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I’m proud to help lead the fight to invest in Illinois’ roads, bridges, rail lines and airports.
th district is home to three international airports (Quad-City International Airport, Peoria International Airport and Chicago Rockford International Airport), in addition to smaller regional airports. Our community is also home to thousands of miles of highway that connect east to west and north to south, and bring goods and people over the Mississippi River. Our districts’ entire western border is met by the Mississippi River, on which the barge transportation of agricultural products, and other products and goods, is key to commerce in the region. And with critical rail projects like the Quad-City to Chicago rail line still being developed, I am optimistic about the potential for new economic development opportunities in the future.
In 2015, I was proud to help lead a bipartisan effort to pass the first long-term highway bill in a decade. This legislation is projected to provide Illinois with over $7.5 billion in funding for highway, transit and transportation safety programs through fiscal year 2020.
If we want to attract new employers to our region and create more good-paying jobs, we must strengthen our infrastructure system.
Below are several recent actions I’ve taken to grow our economy through transportation and infrastructure efforts.
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March 14, 2013
Legislation would help clear $60 billion backlog in Army Corps projects, including water infrastructure upgrades along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve the nation’s water […]