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LETTER: Gas tax increase necessary

To the Editor:

As many of you are aware, our senators, representatives and Governor Pritzker had a productive spring session. An abundance of new legislation has been passed, with the final goal of getting the state of Illinois back on track. Although we may not agree on all the legislation passed, our legislators did the job that we elected them to do. After many years of deadlock and stalemate, they worked together and put Illinois first.

As you traveled to work, school or play today, I’m sure you have noticed the potholes in the roads, the long delays as you tried to get into Chicago or the traffic sitting still waiting on an accident to be cleared. Today, we have more miles of roadway in disrepair than in the last 50 years. Thousands of fatal and serious injuries occur on our roadways every year. Our repair costs, insurance costs and commuting costs continue to rise due to our crumbling infrastructure.

Soon that will start to change. We will pay more at the gas pumps, however, it is far less than the price of the inconveniences and maintenance cost we continue to pay. We have ignored our roads, bridges and transit system for far too many years.

I am willing to pay an extra $17 per month to repair our roads, bridges and transit system. This money will create thousands of new, well paying jobs in construction, equipment manufacturing and material suppliers. Our local economic development organizations will benefit from having a properly maintained transportation system as they continue to recruit new Industry to Illinois.

Thank you to State Senator Sue Rezin, State Representatives Lance Yednock and David Welter, along with all the Republican and Democrat senators and representatives, who made this difficult choice. By working together, they have found a reasonable and fair way to invest in fixing our infrastructure now and for years to come.


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