CREDIT: Derek Beigh, Pantagraph, October 2015
Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday restoring transportation funding is key to new economic opportunity.
LaHood, a former city planner and seven-term Peoria Republican congressman from the 18th District, told a group of about 100 city planners and other officials that Congress needs to pass a new transportation bill and fund it accordingly.
“We need a six-year bill. It needs to be a minimum of $500 billion,” he said during a keynote address at the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association’s annual conference in Normal. “That will be what really energizes America, puts people back to work and gets us back to being No. 1 in infrastructure.”