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Take opportunity to make Illinois a true innovator
It's been about five months since federal stimulus dollars were dispersed, and everyone's analyzing whether the funding is creating enough — and the right — jobs. Recovery funding was intended to boost a weak market, so counting jobs is one measure of success. But the American Recovery…
Accountability Aim of Illinois Transportation Bill
Any discussion about capital investment in Illinois these days—and there is much—follows one of two tracks: The first is the dire need for massive infrastructure improvements and expansion, an undertaking that could partially be funded by increasing the state motor fuel tax. The…
Slow Train Coming
This week on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - with Blueprint America - bottlenecks on America’s freight rail network may be hindering the nation’s economic competitiveness. (Watch it here.) In the Midwest, Chicago has been a freight rail hub for around a hundred and fifty years. In…
Roads, bridges and pols
House Democrats needed only one Republican vote last week to pass a $3 billion public works plan. House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) vowed they wouldn't get it unless they provided an itemized accounting of how the money would be spent. It took most of a day, but the Democrats finally…
Transit and Taxpayers
Mass transit advocates say Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed capital program needs an overhaul and relies on “fuzzy math,” and they look to an increase in the state’s motor fuel tax to help pump more money into transportation projects. Quinn said this week that he wants to see…
(Even) less than meets the eye
It’s looking like Governor Quinn will need a do-over on his capital plan. Greg Hinz notes the disenchantment of civic groups that are concerned with transportation. Jim LaBelle of Chicago Metropolis 2020 told Hinz he hopes the plan “is the starting point, rather than the end, for…
Robert S. Rivkin, Nominee for General Counsel, Department of Transportation
Bob Rivkin is currently Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Aon Corporation, a Chicago-based global risk management and insurance brokerage firm. In that capacity, he is responsible for the business counseling, litigation, regulatory affairs, employment law and government affairs functions…
Our Opinion: Accountability key to any capital plan
ILLINOIS HAS KNOWN for years that its roads and bridges need the kind of major attention that can only come from a large-scale capital construction plan. Yet despite this acute need — not to mention billions in federal matching dollars waiting to be claimed — lawmakers have been unable…
Could suburbs get more transportation cash?
The state Senate's two leaders are open to changes in the way the government divides transportation funding, which now sends the lion's share to downstate Illinois. Speaking at a Metropolitan Planning Council event Friday, Senate President John Cullerton and Republican Leader Christine Radogno…
A cure for congestion, but is Chicago ready?
Last year, Chicago was in the running to receive a grant of more than $150 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation that would have gone towards addressing the road congestion that has plagued the region. Today, after a missed deadline, the funding is gone. But the traffic is still…

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