Chicago, IL – Today, on the two-year anniversary of President Biden signing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Democratic Party of Illinois Chair Lisa Hernandez released the following statement:
“For the past two years, Illinois’ communities have experienced the positive outcomes of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including the reconstruction of roads and bridges, renewed transportation programs, improved access to clean drinking water, and affordable internet access. These developments and more are contributing to the creation of new, good-paying jobs and fostering strong economic growth.
Even Republicans who voted against the bill–including Mike Bost, Mary Miller, and Darin LaHood–have to recognize that President Biden is making the infrastructure investments that Donald Trump failed to deliver with no community left behind. As MAGA Republicans try to roll back this progress in order to hand out tax breaks to the extremely wealthy and large corporations, today’s anniversary underscores how important it is that we reelect President Biden, Vice President Harris, and all of our House and Senate Democrats so they can continue to deliver and finish the job,” said DPI Chair Lisa Hernandez.
- Roads and Bridges: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will rebuild Illinois’ roads and includes the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the Interstate Highway System. Based on formula funding alone, Illinois is expected to receive approximately $11.3 billion over five years in federal funding for highways and bridges.
- Internet: To date, Illinois has received $1 billion through the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program (BEAD) to provide access to high-speed internet to everyone in Illinois. Illinois also received $14.6 million in funding to expand middle-mile infrastructure in the state. In addition, about 643,000 households in Illinois are enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program, with more signing up every day. Households can check their eligibility, sign up, and find fully covered internet plans at GetInternet.gov.
- Water: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law represents the largest investment in water infrastructure in American history, including the first-ever dedicated federal funding to replace lead service lines and address dangerous PFAS chemicals. To date, $751 million has been announced to Illinois to provide clean and safe water across the state and improve water infrastructure.
- Clean Energy and Power: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law also makes a historic investment in clean energy technologies like advanced nuclear, clean hydrogen, carbon capture, and batteries, as well as a historic $3.5 billion investment in weatherization to improve energy efficiency of homes and lower energy costs for impacted households by an average of $372 per year. To date, approximately $305.4 million has been allocated to Illinois for clean energy, energy efficiency, and power.
- Airports: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests $25 billion in airports to replace and modernize airport infrastructure, which helps the U.S. become more economically competitive globally, creates good jobs, and revitalizes and supports more efficient and enhanced traveler experience. To date, Illinois has received approximately $329.8 million for airports.
- Ports and Waterways: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests $17 billion in port infrastructure to strengthen our supply chains, address maintenance backlogs, and reduce congestion and emissions near ports — ultimately helping our country move goods more quickly and at lower cost. To date, Illinois has received roughly $281.7 for ports and waterways.