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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