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posted: 6/6/2014 5:01 AM

Promises were broken on road funding

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Illinois state Rep. Elaine Nekritz proposed using the gas taxes to fund Illinois road construction going forward, as reported in the Daily Herald on May 22. As I recall, that was the original intent when the gas tax was enacted. Her comment infers that the gas tax was being used for something else.

Could that be the reason why Illinois roads are so awful? Could the gas tax money the governor saves fund his new programs when the state is broke? Why was that tax diverted elsewhere, and what was it paying for?

This brings back memories of the Illinois tollway system. We were told that once the road was paid for the tolls would be dropped and they would become freeways. Hmmm!

These are but two areas where promises were made and broken just like the Illinois political system led by Illinois Democrats, Pat Quinn and Mike Madigan.

Wayne Oras


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