Orange construction cones would become the unofficial state flower under a massive program detailed Monday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration.
By the time things bloom in about 2025, more than $23.5 billion in road and bridge upgrades and replacements
Ethylene oxide, or EtO, is a clear gas that’s been linked to cancer, and is used by industrial companies to sterilize medical equipment, among other things.
Under the proposal, companies that use it would have to severely reduce their emissions. Beyond that, all plants that deal with the carcinogenic gas would have to move to a remote area with fewer than 100 people per square mile.
Drivers in Illinois sent more than $200 million in additional gas taxes to Springfield in the first two months after the state's motor fuel tax doubled.
Illinois lawmakers doubled the state’s gas tax to 38 cents a gallon. That rate went into effect on July 1. In July, drivers paid $99 million more than the year before. New revenue numbers from the Illinois Department of Revenue made available this week showed drivers paid $101.5 million more in August than the year before.