More than $44 million in federal transportation money is headed to Illinois for two projects in the Chicago area and one in Alton in southern Illinois.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is to announce the funding Thursday at a Chicago "L" station with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It's part of more than a half-billion dollars in federal transportation funding for 46 projects in 33 states.
In Illinois, $20 million will go to the Chicago Transit Authority to repair rail lines between downtown and O'Hare
International Airport. Another $13.8 million will go to a transportation center in Alton next to the city's Amtrak station. Nearly $10.5 million will go to the Illinois Department of Transportation to reconstruct two miles of Route 83 in Chicago's southern suburbs.