Big Improvements Ahead for Illinois Infrastructure?

One of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's many challenges as he attempts to lead the state in a better direction will be to improve its infrastructure.

MarySue Barrett of the Metropolitan Planning Committee, who is the co-chair of Rauner's Infrastructure Transition committee, had this to say about Rauner's infrastructure plans:

When we hire someone to do a job, we're investing in someone who will deliver, day in and day out, someone who may be presented with one problem and solve two. When investing in Illinois' infrastructure -- as well as leading other state initiatives, from education to health and human services -- taxpayers expect the same.

Illinois residents want roads and public transportation systems that get them to work on a predictable schedule -- not a 25-minute commute on a good day and a 75-minute commute on a bad day. We need to trust that our water treatment plans will deliver clean water to our taps, every single day, and that the state park where we take our families each summer will remain open. We bristle when we see our street torn up in January for utility work and in November for repaving. We're quite willing to try new things -- like open road tolling and congestion pricing -- as long as there are real benefits, like saved time.

Read the rest at Reboot Illinois to see the three steps Barrett's committee plans to take to get the state's infrastructure on the road to success.

Other state officials are ready to start talking about changes to Illinois' infrastructure, too. Republican state Rep. David McSweeney, from Barrington Hills, has introduced a piece of legislation intended to put a stop to red-light cameras throughout the state. Check out what he said about the program at Reboot Illinois and why he thinks red-light programs need the red light with House Bill 173.