Decatur Hearing Reveals Scope of Infrastructure Needs

03182019CM0124When people think about infrastructure, their minds are often limited to roads and bridges. On March 12, members of the subcommittees on capital hosted their third hearing in Decatur where it is clear, roads and bridges aren’t the only needs.  

Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe, representatives from Richland Community College and leaders from the Decatur Park District were all participants in panels at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur.

“The roads and bridges throughout the state are in serious need for repair, but so are community facilities that people don’t always think of when infrastructure is discussed,” said State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), chair of the Senate Appropriations II Committee. “Community colleges are among the kinds of facilities that need state support. We’re trying to make people aware of these challenges as well.”

In addition, committee members heard from the kinds of interests that weren’t front and center in other hearings such as park districts, community-building groups and health care experts.

“In Decatur, we were able to get a sense of not just the needs of park districts, but how important these amenities are to the quality of life and the Macon County economy,” said State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. “Our visit to Decatur was a reminder of the similarity of needs and desires from every region of Illinois. Parks and community colleges in central Illinois are just as valued in Chicago.”

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