Durbin Talks Infrastructure Priorities With Champaign County First

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with representatives from Champaign County First to discuss the region’s infrastructure priorities and recent federal funding that Durbin secured for the projects. This includes Fiscal Year 2022 and 2023 earmarks for projects in the area: $3.78 million for the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District to increase its electric bus fleet as well as $1 million for mapping the underground geology of the Mahomet Aquifer, the primary source of drinking water for nearly one million people across 15 counties in Illinois.  

Durbin and Champaign County leaders also discussed federal funding opportunities, through theInfrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, for several current projects in the region, including the Curtis Road Underpass Project in Savoy, the Florida Avenue Corridor Reconstruction Project, and supporting the Chicago-to-Carbondale railroad corridor. 

“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signals the beginning of a new era of infrastructure in our country,” said Durbin.  “It was encouraging to sit down with Champaign County First today to hear from area leaders and residents about where federal infrastructure funding can help Central Illinois the most.  I look forward to seeing this significant investment help Champaign Country grow and become more economically resilient.”

A photo of the meeting is available here.