Illinois road construction projects threatened by budget stalemate

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CHICAGO — Road construction projects across Illinois will grind to a halt later this week, if the state’s budget impasse isn’t resolved.

The state has about $2 billion tied up in road work.

Many of the projects, including work on the Jane Byrne Interchange, are only half done.

But they’ll all stop this Friday, July 1 without a budget agreement.

The state’s transportation secretary says stopping and re-starting projects would cost tens of millions of dollars in “avoidable” costs.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’s hoping democrats in the legislature will approve stopgap funding to keep government running.

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