The governor calls his plan, Opportunity Returns. Republicans unveiled their scheme and it is called The Transportation Fast Growth Program. A backer of this plan says 170 million dollars for various road projects would be spent initially.
Syverson says the program would be funded in the first year by the transfer of 170 million dollars of excess sales tax. Area roads targeted for improvements include Winnebago County, North and South Main Streets, Rockton Road, and West State. Of the 170 million, Winnebago County would receive 24 million dollars.
The governor's plan would be funded through bonds. Blagojevich's critics say he has not kept up with needed changes for the state's highways; they say spending has declined by 25 percent.