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Illinois Department of Transportation officials break down new gas tax

State transportation officials say this year’s 19-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase means millions more dollars to help fix aging downstate roads.
Illinois Department of Transportation engineers broke down how the money will be distributed for an audience at the Decatur Club during the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce breakfast Wednesday. It was welcome information for business owners and city leaders, who have long struggled with how to pay for rapidly deteriorating roads despite increasing material costs and other budget pressures.
“I supported the gas tax, primarily because I want to see our backlog of roads fixed, and the road projects that we have that are so critical to Decatur, improved,” Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe said. “It’s critical that we’re able to move freight as well as people, but what we’re really trying to do here is grow our economy and make sure IDOT knows our priorities.”
The gas tax doubled to 38 cents per gallon July 1, making it the first motor fuel tax increase since 1990. The tax was set to help fund Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s $45 billion “Rebuild Illinois” infrastructure plan.
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