CHICAGO – State Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr., D-Chicago, will lead an effort to create jobs and expand opportunity by investing in roads and highways as the new chairman of a House transportation committee.
“Our streets, roads and bridges are crumbling and if Illinois is serious about attracting businesses and creating jobs we must invest in our infrastructure at every level,” Evans said. “I am excited to take a leading role in building up our state’s infrastructure and making Illinois a place that is more accessible to businesses and motorists.”
Evans will serve as chairman of the House Transportation: Regulation, Roads & Bridges Committee. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ infrastructure report card, Illinois roads are in poor condition costing motorist $3.7 billion annually in repair costs.
Additionally, 16 percent of Illinois’ bridges are deemed structurally deficient. The governor recently borrowed nearly $480 million for road and bridge repair, adding to Illinois’ b...