VP says IL is example of stimulus' success

Published 02/19 2014 04:49PM

Updated 02/19 2014 05:15PM

SPRINGFIELD -- It's been five years since the federal stimulus bill was rolled out and Vice President Joe Biden is using Illinois as an example of the program's success. Biden was in Illinois Wednesday to meet with Governor Quinn near St. Louis. He talked about how more spending on infrastructure helps struggling states like ours.

Illinois has been dealing with high unemployment and a lot of people have been moving out of state. Biden says the federal stimulus dollars spent here on transportation projects are helping curb that.

In the past five years, it's put thousands of people to work, at least temporarily. He says we'll start seeing more of the long-term benefits as more of the projects get done.

Over the past five years, Illinois has received more than $10 billion federal dollars for transportation projects across the state. In our area, it includes things like repaving of some roads and airport runways.

Critics argue Illinois has gone downhill in the past five years and that some of the stimulus money has not played a role in any recovery here.

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