- Published: Friday, May 06, 2016 09:10 AM
A measure sponsored by State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) passed out of the Senate Thursday that would amend the Illinois Constitution to prevent revenues from the state’s road fund from being used for purposes unrelated to transportation.
The measure, HJRCA 36, creates a lock box for funds that are dedicated to transportation. It would prevent a governor from sweeping the road fund for something else.
Forby, who is a chief co-sponsor on the measure, noted how important this road projects are is for job creation in Southern Illinois.
“The road fund helps put people to work by allowing Illinois to reinvest in its infrastructure and create construction jobs,” said Forby. “This constitutional amendment is important for Southern Illinois. This would make sure that transportation dollars are used to reinvest in infrastructure. Really, it’s a commonsense initiative.
The amendment was adopted by the Senate on Thursday and it now goes to the governor for consideration.