- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois voters will get a chance to consider a constitutional amendment aimed at preventing funds collected for transportation projects being used for other purposes.

It’s the only lawmaker-generated measure that’ll be on the Nov. 8 ballot. Legislators approved the plan Thursday.

Democratic state Rep. Brandon Phelps sponsored the so-called “lockbox amendment.” He says it’ll secure more money collected from transportation-related fees like tolls for infrastructure and create jobs.

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce backs the measure, saying over $6.4 billion has been swept from the state’s Road Fund since 2003.

Any lawmaker-generated ballot measure had to be approved this week and both chambers adjourned until Tuesday. Other ballot measure attempts faltered, including proposals to eliminate the lieutenant governor’s office and institute a graduated income tax.

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The legislation is HJRCA36.

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