Capital plan includes $1 billion for I-80
CHICAGO — A massive capital construction plan approved by Illinois lawmakers includes $1 billion for road work along Interstate 80, and hundreds of millions of dollars to boost rail and bus services.
The Chicago Tribune reports the roughly $40 billion plan comes after a decade without such funding.
The projects on I-80, which runs across northern Illinois, include replacing two decaying bridges on the Des Plaines River. The rail work includes $275 million for Amtrak passenger services from Chicago to Rockford and $225 million for Amtrak service to the Quad Cities.
The Regional Transportation Authority will get over $2 billion for three rail and bus agencies, including the Chicago Transit Authority.
To pay for the projects, the state’s 19-cent-per gallon gas tax will be doubled.
Legal marijuana could lead to more expungements
ROCKFORD, Ill. — A plan to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois will also allow those with low-level marijuana convictions to have their records expunged.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said he will sign the proposal that will make Illinois the 11th state, along with the District of Columbia, to permit recreational marijuana use.
State Sen. Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat, said there are as many as 770,000 records on file in Illinois to be expunged.
People who were convicted for possession of under 30 grams of marijuana will be identified by state police and their records referred for a pardon and expungement. Those with conviction of 30 to 500 grams can seek petitions themselves. Once signed, the law would go into effect next year.
Off-duty cop faces DUI charge in fatal crash
CHICAGO — Authorities say an off-duty Chicago police officer involved in a fatal crash will face charges for driving under the influence.
Chicago police announced the charges Sunday against the officer. He was in his personal car when it slammed into a restaurant on Chicago’s South Side. The crash happened just before 3 a.m. on Sunday.
The off-duty officer’s car struck two women. A 34-year-old woman was pinned underneath the car and later pronounced dead at a local hospital. A 35-year-old woman was hospitalized.
The officer’s name has not been released.