Forby Road Construction Illinois State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) said he fully supports a plan to save road construction jobs in Southern Illinois.

Earlier this month, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced it would have to cease all road construction jobs in Illinois due to the lack of state funding.
“When I heard that IDOT was planning to stop road projects, I thought about the hardworking men and women that would lose their jobs if that happened. As a person who has made job creation my number one priority, I can’t stand by and let that happen,” said Forby.

Senate Bill 2047 includes a plan that includes a full IDOT capital program for road and transit, as well as payments to local governments from gas taxes.

“Not only will this legislation help keep jobs in our community, but it also will ensure money that is owed to local communities through gas taxes released to help with important expenditures,” Forby added.

The legislation is currently in the House, but is expected to come before the full Senate when the General Assembly reconvenes on Wednesday, June 29.


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During my time as your State Senator, I have focused on…

- Putting Southern Illinois back to work

The best way to get our economy on track is by putting people back to work and creating good-paying jobs for the people of Southern Illinois. During my time as your State Senator, job creation and attracting businesses to Southern Illinois have been my top priorities.

- Developing and revitalizing Southern Illinois coal technologies

The coal mining industry was once the backbone of our local economy, creating thousands of jobs and generating millions of dollars for our region. Coal is a valuable resource that we have a lot of, and it continues to have a huge impact on the development of our region.

Working to fix the state budget

As Illinois continues to recover from the nation's historic economic downturn, it is vital that we work together to get people back to work and pay our bills to fix our budget crisis. Now, more than ever, we need to come together and find reasoned solutions during these tough times for the people of our districts.

Protecting gun owners’ rights

Hunting is a strong tradition here in Southern Illinois and our second amendment rights deserve to be protected. This is an issue of fairness for the law-abiding citizens who own a firearm in our district and throughout the State. 

Paying our bills

As a business owner / operator for over 30 years, I know you cannot run a successful business without paying your bills on time. We have an obligation to our local hospitals, school districts and rural health care providers to pay them what they’re owed.

Senator Forby has also remained committed to…

- Promoting veterans’ health care and their rights

- Ensuring our children’s education is affordable and attainable

- Protecting Southern Illinois working families

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Springfield, IL 62706 
(217) 782-5509

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903 West Washington, Suite 3
Benton, IL 62812 
(618) 439-2504


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