Road FundState Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) passed a measure out of the Senate today that would amend the Illinois Constitution to prevent revenues from the state’s road fund from being used for purposes unrelated to transportation.

The measure, HJRCA 36, creates a lock-box for funds that are dedicated to transportation. It would prevent a governor from sweeping the road fund for something else.

“This is a common sense action to take. Fees collected by the state that are related to transportation should be used to reinvest in highways, railroads and bridges,” Haine said.

“This is about ensuring Illinois has the means to keep its infrastructure functional for years to come. When Illinois has a solid infrastructure, our economy is able to grow, and that is what Illinois needs right now: growth. Additionally, when we invest these funds into keeping our roads functional, we create jobs employing people who have contracts with the state. This is a pro-growth measure to keep Illinois moving.”

The amendment was adopted by the Senate on Thursday and it now goes to the governor for consideration.

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