Durbin Talks Infrastructure With Champaign County First

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met virtually with Champaign County First to discuss how President Biden’s American Jobs Plan can help the county address its infrastructure priorities through significant investment in transportation, clean energy, and workforce development. During their conversation, Durbin and Champaign County leaders touched on several current infrastructure projects in the county that Durbin has supported, including the renovations to The Yards terminal of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD); the purchasing of four zero-emission buses through the Champaign-Urbana MTD’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Project; and the protection of the Village of Mahomet’s aquifer to ensure it continues to provide millions of gallons of groundwater to the nearly one million people it serves. The group also discussed Amtrak’s Chicago-Champaign-Carbondale route and Durbin’s Rail Passenger Fairness Act, which would improve Amtrak on-time performance and hold freight railroads accountable.

“It was great to meet with Champaign County First to receive an update about the county’s exciting infrastructure projects,” said Durbin. “This is an opportunity for historic reinvestment in our state, and I’m ready to work with local leaders and President Biden to bring funding home to Illinois to get more infrastructure projects in motion – creating jobs and connecting our communities.”

A photo of the virtual meeting is available here.