Illinois Steps Closer to OK New Partnerships on Road Projects

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois may open the door to partnerships with private companies to save money on special road projects.

The private sector would enter what has been traditionally been a state role by helping to pay for construction and then sharing in any revenue — from tolls, for instance.

The Illinois House approved the idea 66-47. The Senate could vote this week.

Supporters say it’s a new approach for states during an era of declining resources.

Critics are skeptical of profit-driven companies undertaking public projects.

The bill would limit these partnerships to entirely new projects, not upgrades of existing roads.

The bill is HB1091.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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