With the Illinois General Assembly away from Springfield this past week, a special panel began hearings across Illinois to study the state’s need for road and other infrastructure improvements, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Former U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard are traveling across Illinois pushing the need for a statewide capital program.

Senate Republicans have long advocated for a capital bill to fund school construction programs, higher education improvements, mass transit enhancements and road and bridge repairs, noting that a viable capital plan is imperative to improving Illinois’ infrastructure, creating jobs and jumpstarting the state’s lagging economy.

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