The MCORE (Multimodal Corridor Enhancement) Project is paid for through a federal grant received last fall, as well as matching funds. It's divided into five projects, expanding major streets in Campustown for buses, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Last year, Illinois was one of a handful of states that lost population. More than 90,000 people moved elsewhere. It became a campaign issue for Governor when then candidate Bruce Rauner criticized the state's lack of friendliness to business, but the numbers don't mean mean there is a crisis, or even a real clamor, to leave the state.
Bill Fleischli, the executive vice president of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association and the Illinois Association of Convenience Stores, says the current tax should create enough money for infrastructure repairs, even though not all the tax revenue is used for the roads.