There is a local component to the state’s capital construction program. It’s a $31 billion program over five years, with $100 million a year set aside for cities, townships and counties. Gov. Pat Quinn is making campaign-type appearances to announce distribution of the money, the use of which is decided locally.
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“So it’s very much revenue sharing, where we raise the money, but we understand that local streets and bridges are very important to our economy. They connect to our state highways and bridges, so we gotta work together on that,” he said. As vehicle miles driven level off or decline, and fuel efficiency goes up, people are using less gas so tax collection is less, and the governor says this program makes up for some of that. This is the fourth year of the five-year program.