A newly signed law is aimed at fighting the effects of flooding around Illinois. Local governments will now be able to receive funding from the state for projects that prevent flooding and remove pollutants from storm water. Lisa Bonnett, director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, says much of that money will go to building so-called green infrastructure.
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“The projects and investments that we make today, the work that we will do in storm water, that work will provide the infrastructure that our state and communities need for the next 40 to 50 years,” Bonnett said today as the governor signed the measure into law at a pumping station in Oak Lawn. The funding comes from the expanding the financing available under the state’s Clean Water Initiative to $2 billion. The governor’s office says the extra money will fund projects that will create 28,000 new jobs.