The legislature has increased gasoline taxes significantly and tells us the money will be directed to road repairs.
Illinoisans can only hope that will be true but have ample reason to be cynical. At least since the Illinois Lottery was established and money did not go directly into the education fund, people have lost faith in how tax money is used.
No one can argue our highways are in dire need of upgrade. Will the new tax increase get us there?
One could hope some sort of citizens watchdog agency could be formed to hold the state’s “feet to the fire” on funding road repairs.
It’s up to you, Gov. Pritzker and legislature: Make us believers that you will do what you said you were going to do.
Dick Zaker, Decatur