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$7M for south Cook, Will via state program

Updated: November 21, 2013 6:51AM



Gov. Pat Quinn said this past week that his economic vision for south Cook and Will counties includes creating thousands of jobs in building the Illiana Expressway and South Suburban Airport and the latest grant, for $7.1 million, for local communities through the Illinois Jobs Now! program.

Quinn said by investing in the area, the “entire state of Illinois grows stronger. By building the Illiana Expressway and South Suburban Airport and continuing to make historic capital investments throughout the region, we are creating thousands of jobs and building a stronger economy for the next generation.”

At an appearance before the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, Quinn announced the $7.1 million, the fourth in a series of annual grants for area transportation projects under Illinois Jobs Now!

The money will go for projects that will be selected and managed by the recipient towns, with the Illinois Department of Transportation providing oversight.

The funds can be used for bridges, roads, sidewalks and traffic signals and are in addition to the annual motor fuel tax revenue that municipalities get each year from the state for road-related improvements.

The Illiana Expressway, a 47-mile highway between Interstate 55 near Wilmington and I-65 in Indiana, will create an invaluable regional asset, more than 9,000 construction jobs and thousands of long-term jobs, Quinn said.

The South Suburban Airport, a key priority of Quinn’s since 2009, will result in more than 11,000 construction jobs and as many as 14,000 long-term jobs after it becomes operational, according to the governor.



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