Passed by a 47-12 vote, House Bill 255 is the revenue bill for the capital construction program. It creates the Capital Projects Fund, which will be funded with revenues generated by the legalization of video gaming; an increase in license plate fees; and new taxes on coffee, tea, candy and grooming and hygiene products.
Passed by a 59-0 vote, House Bill 312 is the spending (appropriations) bill for the capital construction program.
Passed by a 59-0 vote, House Bill 2400 is the bond authorization legislation for the capital construction program. It adds $3.6 billion in capital bond authorization for general obligation bonds, $420 million for school construction, $1 billion for roads, $600 million for mass transit and $650 million for various state facilities. It also includes $810 million in Build Illinois bond authorization, including member initiatives.
Local projects included in the legislation include $38,250,000 for costs associated with a project on I-55, from I-39 at Normal to the northeast interchange with Business I-55; $13,627,500 for costs associated with a project on the East Bypass at Bloomington, $61,353,375 for costs associated with a project on Illinois 29, from 0.8 mile south of Berry to 1.2 miles south of Edinburg, including a bypass east of Edinburg; $54,250,100 to Illinois State University for Centennial East/West and Center for Visual Arts Rehabilitation; $3,539,826 for Illinois Wesleyan University; and $2,560,069 for Lincoln Christian College.
Senator Brady said the program will make possible funding for 325 schools that submitted applications for capital improvement funds for Fiscal Years 2003-2010, including Meridian CUSD 15, Riverton CUSD 14, Warrensburg/Latham 11, Bloomington PSD 87, Mt. Pulaski CUSD 23, Deer Creek-Mackinaw CUSD 701, Tremont CUSD 702, Clinton CUSD 15, Blue Ridge CUSD 18, Maroa-Forsyth CUSD 2, and Olympia CUSD 16.
The bills also include $16,814,000 in regular funding for 16 road and bridge improvement projects affecting 14.3 miles of roads in the 44th District.
Approved by the Senate May 20, the bills now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration. If passed there, the bills move to the Governor and will become law with his signature.