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.
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