Gov. Rod Blagojevich stood with business and labor leaders late last week to promote his economic stimulus package, which includes a partially bond-financed $25 billion capital budget and tax breaks for families and businesses.
“It’s been nine years since we’ve had a complete and comprehensive capital plan and it is time to approve a new one. We need to fix our worsening roads and repair our deteriorating schools,” Tom Villanova, president of the Chicago and Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council, said at a news conference. “The governor’s new plan will invest in our weakening infrastructure and offer thousands of new jobs in construction across the state. Legislators need to act on this plan immediately.”