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Schimpf resolution would allow for study of proposed highway connecting Carbondale, Metro East

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By Angela Underwood | May 18, 2018


Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) wants to open up the highway.

Introduced at the May 10 Senate floor debate, SJR54 “creates the Southwest Illinois Connector Task Force to study the cost, feasibility, and environmental impact of the proposed four lane divided highway, the short and long term economic impact to the region, and all options for funding both public and private,” according to the bill synopsis.

Schimpf said the highway would connect Carbondale with the Metro East.

Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo)

“It does not involve the spending of any state funds,” Schimpf said.

He noted the first amendment to the bill simply clarified that task force members would elect the chairman and the third amendment clarified the labor participation in the task force.

“I know of no opposition, and I ask for an I vote,” Schimpf said.

The resolution was adopted without vote.

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