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Illinois Construction Jobs Created by Bill, Stimulus

Posted on April 7, 2009

A new bill will help create Illinois construction jobs.

Gov. Pat Quinn recently signed House Bill 289, which will help jumpstart Illinois‘ economy and create thousands of jobs through road construction projects.

“Illinois has suffered from 10 years without a capital plan,” Quinn said in a press release. “In just 10 weeks we were able to put a plan together that will get people working again this construction season. The Jump Start Capital Plan is going to create jobs, strengthen our economy and address our state’s overdue road construction needs.”

The new legislation grants the state $3 billion in bond authorization to make important improvements to roads, bridges and mass transit. The Jump Start Capital Plan and the first round of stimulus transportation funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act together will create and save about 60,000 jobs.

The Jump Start Capital Plan is the first part of Illinois Jobs Now!, a $26 billion jobs plan expected to support 340,000 jobs. The plan also is part of Quinn’s comprehensive plan to lead Illinois to economic recovery. The Illinois Jobs Now! program is still awaiting approval from the General Assembly.

The funding should help improve Illinois’ declining construction industry. During February, the construction industry in Illinois employed 235,200 workers, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 235,500 workers during January and a 10.9 percent decrease from last year.

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