A bill signed into law says Illinois can move forward with $1.6 billion in transportation projects aimed at creating more than 18,000 jobs. The projects include improvements to road, rail and transit, like resurfacing almost 100 miles of Chicago streets, adding lanes to highways and modernizing rail infrastructure. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill in the Chicago suburb of Bellwood and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood attended. The money includes more than $817 million in new highway projects and nearly $800 million in mass transit and rail improvements in the 2013 fiscal year. The projects are the next phase of a capital projects program that began in 2009. Illinois will pay for the projects by selling bonds.
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