On July 22, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into a law a bill that created a $1.1 billion investment for road and bridge projects throughout the state. The law comes after Quinn's previously successful "Illinois Jobs Now!" law, which put $31 billion into capital construction investments over the past six years.
The newest capital construction investment will provide funds for more than 210 projects in Illinois and create approximately 14,300 new jobs. This law is all part of Quinn's goal to improve the Illinois economy and employ residents, according to a statement from the governor's office.
"With this investment in our state's infrastructure, we are immediately putting people to work, making our world-class transportation system even stronger and generating economic development far into the future," said Quinn.
The law includes $1 billion for projects through the Illinois Department of Transportation until 2020 as well as $100 million for municipal and township governments that have local infrastructure projects.
Illinois counties receiving funding are: Cook, Dupage, Lake, McHenry, Kankakee, Will, Ogle, Winnebago, Carroll, Henry, Whiteside, Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, McLean, Knox, Tazewell, Champaign, Piatt, Vermilion, Macon, Sangamon, Coles, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jersey and Washington.
Additionally, Quinn recently expanded the Employ Illinois program, which helps train workers for positions in the construction industry and provides incentives for businesses that hire the trainees. Many of the projects funded by the new law will hire program members, according to the governor's statement.
The new law in combination with Illinois Jobs Now! and Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future program, means the state is undertaking one of the largest capital construction projects in the U.S.
Businesses in Illinois that are using funding from one of these or another state project should work with Chicago recruiters to find the most qualified candidates for their open positions.