The Republican candidates for governor agree that using private investment for public infrastructure may be the best way to complete large road construction projects in the state. State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) believes public-private partnerships should be used for several proposed projects, like the Illiana Expressway, in order to enhance the state’s transportation infrastructure.
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“We absolutely have to cooperate with the private sector for public-private partnership to increase our advantage in this way,” Brady said. Brady’s rival candidates share that view. "I think those are the type of private and public partnerships we should look at, and I think the Illiana is a direct example of that,” State Treasurer Dan Rutherford said.
Bruce Rauner and State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) also support the Illiana expressway, as does the Democrat whom they’re competing to run against, Gov. Pat Quinn. Quinn touted the private investment that will help build the Illiana in his recent State of the State address. Four companies are currently in contention to build and operate the toll road, which will connect I-55 near Wilmington to I-65 in Indiana.