ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Recognizing his work to improve both local and state infrastructure needs, state Rep. Mark Walker, D-Arlington Heights, was recently awarded the “Friends of Infrastructure” award from the Transportation for Illinois Coalition.
“It’s unfortunate that we have gone so long without adequately addressing the infrastructure needs in our state,” Walker said. “I supported the Rebuild Illinois capital construction program because investing in Illinois’ infrastructure means a better economic future for the state. I’m honored to receive this award from the Transportation for Illinois Coalition, an organization which has worked closely with lawmakers for nearly 20 years on infrastructure spending.
“Illinois is the transportation hub of the Midwest. The quality of our roads and bridges are vital to our state’s economy. The Rebuild Illinois program will lead to new jobs and a greater financial outlook for the state. That’s something I think is desperately needed in Illinois.”
While much of the state’s recent $45 billion capital improvement plan will go to statewide needs, state lawmakers also received money for local allotments, most of which Walker allocated for area flooding and transportation concerns.
“I heard a lot from my constituents and the municipalities in my district about their infrastructure needs as we were finalizing the capital bill. Flooding issues are a real concern, as is traffic congestion during peak traffic hours between trains and cars. I’m glad that we’ve passed a dedicated plan to fixing larger state needs and I’m equally glad that I could provide for my district. I appreciate the recognition from the dedicated advocates in the Transportation for Illinois Coalition for supporting our future and moving Illinois forward.”