- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago-area Democratic congressman says Illinois could miss out on federal infrastructure money under President-election Donald Trump if the state doesn’t sort out its budget problems.

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley tells the Chicago Tribune (https://trib.in/2hwmx8X ) that if Illinois can’t come up with matching funds from a capital plan then it will miss out on new federal money from a big federal infrastructure program. Trump has talked about $1trillion in infrastructure spending.

Quigley says if the state match money “isn’t there, that (federal) money goes to another state.”

Democratic Illinois lawmakers and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner have yet to agree on a state budget. Illinois has been without one for 18 months. Illinois has gone seven years without a new capital budget plan to pay for transportation and other infrastructure projects.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com


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