IDOT http://wuis.org en Raising Gax Tax "Unwise," Says Quinn, But Offers No Other Ideas http://wuis.org/post/raising-gax-tax-unwise-says-quinn-offers-no-other-ideas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois will invest another eight point six billion dollars into roads, bridges and other projects. It's the latest installment of a major infrastructure plan lawmakers passed in 2010. Now, Governor Pat Quinn is calling for a new one. But he's not saying where the money should come from.</p><p>The 2010 infrastructure program - known as Illinois Jobs Now! - has funded thousands of miles of road repairs so far -- paid for by higher taxes on alcohol, candy and soft drinks; a higher license plate fee; and revenue from video poker.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:38:33 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22673 at http://wuis.org Raising Gax Tax "Unwise," Says Quinn, But Offers No Other Ideas Amtrak Deal Keeps Trains Running In Illinois http://wuis.org/post/amtrak-deal-keeps-trains-running-illinois <p>Illinois has agreed to pay more for in-state Amtrak trains. The deal prevents a shutdown of rail service that could have happened as early as next week.</p><p>Illinois is the second-to-last state to reach an agreement with Amtrak.</p><p>The deal was necessary because of a federal law that requires states to pay more if they want to keep shorter-distance rail lines.</p><p>Some states, like California, will pay millions of extra dollars.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:54:15 +0000 Brian Mackey 10727 at http://wuis.org Amtrak Deal Keeps Trains Running In Illinois Road Fund Overpaid For Health Insurance http://wuis.org/post/road-fund-overpaid-health-insurance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Less than half of the money in Illinois' Road Fund actually pays for highway construction and maintenance. That's the finding in a </span><a href="http://www.auditor.illinois.gov/Audit-Reports/Performance-Special-Multi/Performance-Audits/2013%20Releases/13-Road-Fund-Expend-Mgmt-Audit-Full.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">new audit (pdf)</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that also says the Road Fund overpaid for employee health insurance.</span></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 2678 at http://wuis.org Road Fund Overpaid For Health Insurance