BELLWOOD, Ill -- Governor Pat Quinn signed Tuesday a law to begin the next phase of the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, which is designed to create jobs, strengthen the transportation system and support economic growth.
The new bill authorized the Illinois Department of Transportation to proceed with $1.6 million worth of road, rail and transit projects across Illinois. The new phase of the Illinois Jobs Now! program is expected to create or support an estimated 18,400 jobs.
"Three years ago, we passed the largest capital construction program in Illinois history to put people to work repairing roads, bridges and transit systems across our state," Quinn said. "Today's law ensures that Illinois will continue moving forward."