Lawmakers: Loss Of Federal Highway Funds Could Cost Illinois 65,000 Jobs

WASHINGTON (CBS) — A bipartisan push is underway from key lawmakers, who want to extend a federal highway bill and save jobs in Illinois.

As CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl reports, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) say Illinois could lose more than 65,000 if the federal program is allowed to expire.

Federal funds provide 62 percent of the construction money for the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The current highway program runs out on Sept. 30. Lawmakers are asking that it be extended and acted upon by the end of the month.

  • Roberta Waker

    As usual, President Obama’s speech to create jobs was a lot of Baloney. He’s cutting taxes, so there won’t be any money for infrastructure or anything else he wants to fund with Federal money; it just won’t be there. Tax the rich, they can afford to pay the taxes; we can’t. Are we any better off now than when England was in control with their out of control taxes? It certainly doesn’t look like we are. Seems we’re going backwards instead of forward thanks to corruptiion and greed.

  • southside

    No way there are 65,000 highway construction jobs in Illinois. Who out there has ever seen more than 10 workers in any construction zone?

  • Jose Rodriguez Matinez Gonzalez Doritos

    I know how to open up more than 65,000 construction jobs. The name of my proposed program will be called Mass Deportation. Gauranteed to open up thousands of jobs and create hundreds of bus driving jobs as well.

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