CHICAGO — Public hearings began Thursday on the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority’s proposed 15-year, $12 billion, partially bond-financed capital program ahead of a possible board vote next week at which one board member will push an alternative.

The authority unveiled the proposal last month as a follow-up to its seven-year-old $6.1 billion congestion relief program — financed in part with $3.6 billion of toll-backed revenue bonding — that is nearing completion. The new program relies on a steep toll increase to help repay an estimated $4.8 billion of borrowing.

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