Illinois Lawmakers Against Transportation Bill
Members of Illinois' congressional delegation are promoting changes to a U.S. House transportation bill they say would deprive the state of millions in highway funds and jeopardize Chicago's transit system.
Democratic Congressman Daniel Lipinski will join Republicans Robert Dold and Judy Biggert on Tuesday in announcing amendments to increase funding and ensure greater certainty over future resources for Chicago's mass transit network.
Illinois transportation officials also object to the bill in its current form. The state's Department of Transportation says it would deprive Illinois of $900 million in federal funds for highways. Also, mass transit would no longer get a reliable stream of funding from the federal gasoline tax, making transit agencies more vulnerable to cuts.
House Republicans want a vote on the bill sometime after this week's recess.
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