The Governor signed a multi-billion dollar program April 3 that will both reduce the state’s backlog of unpaid bills to Medicaid providers and allow the state to immediately finance a statewide road, bridge and mass transit repair program.

Senator Tim Bivins said Senate Republican lawmakers negotiated an amendment that requires the $2 billion in the plan for road repair be restricted to projects that are already on the state transportation department’s multi-year road plan, or projects that were included in the spring 2009 repair plan. In addition, the Republican Caucus worked hard to ensure that the funds are fairly distributed between downstate Illinois and the Chicago region.

The 45th District Senator said the capital plan will fix the state’s crumbling transportation infrastructure, as well as create jobs and put thousands of people to work across Illinois.

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