Durbin Briefs Illinois State Senators On Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Wins

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met virtually with members of the Illinois State Senate Democratic Caucus to provide more details about the funding for Illinois included in the newly-signed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Durbin spoke in detail about the bill’s $17 billion included for Illinois and the additional billions in competitive grants that Illinois will be eligible for. Durbin and the lawmakers discussed using the funding to accelerate the infrastructure investments already being made through the state’s capital program, REBUILD Illinois.

“Now that Congress passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, we can begin the exciting work of rebuilding, expanding, and modernizing our state’s infrastructure.  The increased federal funding for Illinois will help us fix crumbling roads and bridges, expand public transit and passenger rail, and provide broadband and clean drinking water to communities across Illinois,” said Durbin. “I look forward to many more productive conversations with my colleagues in the state as we enter a new era of reconstruction.”

A photo of the virtual meeting is available here.

The $17 billion in formula funding set aside for Illinois in the IIJA includes:

  • $9.8 billion in highway formula funding for Illinois.
  • $1.4 billion in bridge replace/repair formula funding for Illinois.
  • $4 billion in transit formula funding for Illinois.
  • $1.7 billion in water infrastructure formula funding for Illinois.
  • $616 million to fund improvements to Illinois airports.
  • $149 million for expansion of EV charging in Illinois.
  • $100 million for expansion of broadband in Illinois.