Members of the Illinois congressional delegation have been told they will act in a bipartisan manner on behalf of the state when Congress negotiates a new transportation bill. U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) says they were hauled into the office of Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), where Durbin (pictured right) and Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill., pictured left) laid down the law.
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“Pretty much they both said you’re gonna be bipartisan on this, and the two senators were united in it, and it really inspired us to work together, so one of the first things we’re going to be working on is of course transportation, and I think we have a couple of folks on that committee from Illinois, which is going to be wonderful for us,” she said.
Illinois actually has three members on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee: Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) and Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs). The current federal transportation program, MAP-21, expires in 18 months – on Sept. 30, 2014.