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The state of Illinois is allocating nearly a quarter-billion dollars to support new downstate transit and ports projects.

Roughly half will go toward 37 transit systems outside of Chicago, and the other half will invest in a dozen of the state's ports.

Gov. JB Pritzker said in a news conference Wednesday the investment will benefit organized labor across the state.

"None of this progress would be possible without the highly skilled men and women of organized labor," Pritzker remarked. "With these funds, workers across the state are rebuilding mass transit systems."

The money is the latest round of funding from the $45 billion dollar Rebuild Illinois program. Including the newest round of investments, Illinois has devoted a combined $601 million to ports and downstate transit via a six-year initiative, which began in 2019.

Among other locations, the grants announced by Pritzker will fund improvements at ports in Granite City, Chicago, New Athens and Quincy.

Omer Osman, secretary of transportation, said the state moves about 108 million pounds of goods over water annually, at a value of $31 billion.

"We are not only turning around projects and putting people to work more quickly, but we are creating opportunities for long-term job growth," Osman asserted.

According to the governor's office, another round of funding for downstate transit projects will likely be announced later this year.


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