Governor JB Pritzker recently signed a historic, bipartisan bill that gives Illinois its first capital plan in nearly a decade – and the most robust in state history. Rebuild Illinois will make $45 billion worth of investments in roads, bridges, railroads, universities, early childhood centers and state facilities over the next six years, creating and supporting an estimated 540,000 jobs over the life of the plan and revitalizing local economies across the state.
Rebuild Illinois includes approximately $4 billion to address statewide facility needs, with enough new appropriation authority to begin to address deferred maintenance repair and upgrade needs that directly affect safety and operations statewide. $2.6 billion for state agency maintenance over the next six years. Deferred maintenance appropriations will allow CDB to allocate approximately $400 million per year on high priority needs as they arise across the thousands of state buildings. Priorities for this funding include projects at Department of Corrections and Department of Human Services facilities that house individuals 24/7, and on projects that promote health and safety at facilities around the state. Projects will be identified on an annual basis based on a review of priority maintenance needs.
Rebuild Illinois invests $3.5 billion to support education facilities around the state, including early childhood providers, school districts, community colleges, and universities. Comprehensive investment in education infrastructure will support cradle-to-career success and educating Illinois’ youth at every stage of life. Rebuild Illinois provides $2.9 billion to CDB for the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Illinois Community College Board to address statewide maintenance and programmatic construction at higher education institutions. This comprehensive plan addresses higher education needs across the state by providing resources to invest in Illinois’ nine public university systems, nearly 50 community colleges, independent higher education institutions, and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA).