CHICAGO, Ill. -- Despite the wintry weather outside, Illinois is already looking forward to spring construction.
Monday, Governor Pat Quinn announced that the state is about to embark on its largest ever early-spring construction.
The state is to spend $486 million to help improve nearly 200 roads and bridges in the Chicago area.
Most of the projects are being funded through legislation that Quinn has championed since his state of the state address earlier this year.
"And we want to keep on working, because when the private economy isn't going at full tilt and it needs to get going, we got to make sure we supplement that with our public investments in roads and bridges, in water systems, rail systems, and building schools. All of this puts people to work and lays the foundation for future economic growth," Quinn said.
Along with the projects, the Illinois Department of Transportation also announced incentives for contractors who hire graduates of its Highway Construction Careers Training Program by offering to reimburse the graduate's pay up to $10 an hour.