Support - Chamber Initiative
Amends the Department of Transportation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
Mandates freight trains must have a two-person crew. The Chamber opposed the effort to create additional regulations on railroads operating in the state. Despite working against it throughout the spring session, the bill passed both chambers on mostly party lines. However, shortly after passage, the Federal Railroad Administration repealed a proposed rule that would have regulated the size the freight train crews and indicated the repeal was intended to preempt state laws regulating freight train crew sizes.
This bill was the vehicle for vertical infrastructure growth in the state. Data centers, gaming, and other bipartisan economic incentives were contained in this bill.
Other measures were included in the final budget deal including several other pro-business reforms. Those reforms included the reinstatement of the manufacturers purchasing credit, phase-out elimination of the franchise tax, creation of the Blue-Collar Jobs Act, and data center tax incentives. These are reforms that the Chamber, along with others in the business community, have advocated for years.
Authorizes the Department of Transportation to commence a procurement process for a project to provide additional highway capacity along Interstate 55 from Interstate 355 to Interstate 90/Interstate 94 in DuPage, Cook, and Will Counties, and toll the additional capacity pursuant to the authority provided under the Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation Act. The resolution, which is needed for the approval of public-private-partnerships, was never called for a vote. The Chamber supports the authorization for the I-55 managed lanes program.
Authorizes the Illinois Tollway to commence a procurement process for a project to provide additional highway capacity along Interstate 80 from Interstate 55 to the Illinois-Indiana border in Cook and Will Counties and toll the additional capacity. The resolution, which is needed for the Tollway to participate in building and tolling additional capacity was never called for a vote. The resolution was a Chamber initiative.