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Hearings for statewide construction plan kick off at SIUE

crowe 030419EDWARDSVILLE – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) welcomed area mayors, community leaders, labor officials and fellow legislators to Edwardsville today for the first in a series of statewide hearings to discuss a plan to invest in Illinois’ roads and bridges. 

“While our region is fortunate to sit in close proximity to an expansive network of highways, rail lines and the Mississippi River, we lose our economic advantage if we do not properly invest in our infrastructure,” Crowe said. “Today’s hearing was a wonderful opportunity for legislators across the state to hear the needs of our local communities and reaffirms the need for a comprehensive capital plan in Illinois.”

Today’s hearing took place on the campus of SIUE and included members of the Senate Appropriations II and Transportation Subcommittee on Capital. Lawmakers took recommendations for local projects as they determine the best path forward to improve roads, highways, bridges and sewer systems across the state.

“Our roadways have been ignored for decades,” said Joe Silkwood, mayor of East Alton. “I’m optimistic our leaders will be able to come together and pass a proposal that puts Illinoisans to work while investing in the future.”

Illinois last passed a capital plan in 2009.

The next public hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 18, 2019, in Decatur.

Sen. Rachelle Crowe

Sen. Rachell Crowe

56th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Committee of the Whole; Criminal Law; Judiciary (Vice-Chairperson); Labor; Licensed Activities; Veterans Affairs.

Associated Representatives:
Monica Bristow
Katie Stuart