Illinois lawmakers say they’re ready to move ahead with a major road construction program. It would mean tax and fee increases on gasoline, license plates and driver’s licenses.

David Sam, president of Elgin Community College, said Wednesday the school has received nearly $1 million in donated equipment to help train workers for manufacturing jobs. But there’s a problem  he doesn’t have the space on campus to put it.

“Most of us don’t even have the space to put the equipment so that we can train the much-needed individuals to serve the manufacturing community,” Sam said during a news conference at the statehouse. 

Officials with Southern Illinois University Carbondale requested funding for capital infrastructure needs Monday in Springfield.

In a hearing with the Senate Subcommittee on Capital & Transportation Joint Committee, SIU-C interim chancellor John Dunn said there are many needs in Carbondale.

The need for new or repaired roads, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure in Illinois continues to outpace the amount of funding available to complete the projects. With a new governor and legislative session starting in January, discussions have already started with an aim to change that.

Three rural southern Illinois towns are receiving a total of over $231,000 dollars  in federal money. According to a press release from Congressman John Shimkus' office, Goreville will receive $19,200 to go towards buying a new 4–wheel drive for the police department.  Since Goreville police provide emergency response to Fern Clyffe State Park, which has rough terrain, the grant money will better equip authorities to rescue hikers at the popular state park.