- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is calling on Congress to address the nation’s transportation infrastructure needs.

The chamber announced Tuesday it has joined more than 30 state chambers in co-signing a letter to Congress calling for action.

Illinois Chamber President and CEO Doug Whitley says members of Congress need to understand their constituents want them to “move beyond the partisan posturing” common on Capitol Hill. He says federal funding is needed to help fix and maintain good roads.

The letter to Congress asks for a five-year authorization of federal funds to ensure the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund with flexibility for states to fund and invest in the transportation infrastructure they need.