Springfield, IL- State Senator A.J. Wilhelmi (D-Joliet) helped pass  legislation bringing jobs back to Illinois and allowing the State to pay its Medicaid bills on time.

Currently, there are approximately 600,000 people in Illinois who are without employment. The $8 billion package will bring jobs throughout the state immediately. Despite the State experiencing an economic downturn, the Senate was able to vote on the package at no cost to Illinois taxpayers. Along with creating jobs, the package will secure Illinois’ allotment of $6.7 billion in federal stimulus dollars.

“We promised that we will bring jobs back to the state and invest in infrastructure,” Senator Wilhelmi said. “This is a good first step.”

Construction is expected to start in May and Senator Wilhelmi’s district is scheduled for repairs totaling almost $38 million.

Projects in the 43rd Senate District include: U.S. 6/ U.S. 52/ McDonough St; Center Street/ FAU 316; Hoff Road; Manhattan-Monee/ FAP 531; New Avenue/ FAU 361; Interstate 55; U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway); Jefferson Street; U.S. 52/ Old Manhattan.

“These roads need immediate attention,” Senator Wilhelmi said. “This is only the beginning of our plan to bring more jobs, repairs and money to our state and the people of Illinois have much more to look forward to as we continue to work on a comprehensive plan.”

Also, the package includes $1.7 billion to pay outstanding Medicaid bills to providers, doctors and hospitals across the state. This allocation will make the State current with its payments and allow it to change to a 30-day payment cycle.

“We must pay our bills on time,” Senator Wilhelmi said. “We have the opportunity to get up to date with our bills and I am glad that we are working in a bipartisan manner in the Senate to make sure that happens.”

The legislation passed 59-0 and now moves to the House for further consideration.



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