The Illinois Supreme Court announced July 11 it had upheld the constitutionality of a law passed in 2009 to fund the state’s multi-billion dollar infrastructure improvement program, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

The capital plan was the product of bipartisan negotiations in 2009 that resulted in a $31 billion proposal to invest in Illinois infrastructure.

The ruling came in the case of W. Rockwell Wirtz et al., Appellees, vs. Patrick Quinn, Governor, et al., Appellants. A lower court had held that House Bill 255, the major funding source for the construction program, violated the state constitution’s requirement that all legislation deal with a single subject. The Supreme Court reversed that ruling, finding the measure constitutional.

Senator Bivins said plans to build and update roads, bridges, schools and other state-owned facilities can now move forward, keeping Illinois competitive in the national and worldwide marketplace." />

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