Rebuild Illinois

“America is one big pothole.”

That’s according to Obama-era Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

The Peoria Republican said Congress needs to look to his home state for inspiration on how to improve the condition of the nation’s roads, highways, and bridges.

"We need to take a page out of the Illinois book, and 30 other states around the country that have raised their own gas tax, and get a bold bill with a good vision," said LaHood. 

State Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) said he is displeased with the way the capital bill quickly took shape. 

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a $45 billion infrastructure upgrade plan into law last month. 

“There was thousands of pages of bills introduced in a matter of hours that spent over $40 billion that we were supposed to vote on without anybody reading it. That’s bad form," he said. 

The Republican legislator said lawmakers were asked to vote on doubling the state motor fuel tax without getting a chance to actually know which projects would benefit.