$45B Rebuild Illinois plan signed, includes tax hikes on gas, cigarettes

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a series of bills Friday morning as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital plan.

Courtesy: Governor JB Pritzker (Facebook)

The $45 billion capital plan is expected to fix infrastructure, update state facilities, fund education programs and create 540,000 jobs, according to Gov. Pritzker's Office.

"With these investments, we’re creating and supporting hundreds of thousands of new jobs in our state," Pritzker says. "This is more than an infrastructure plan. This is a job creation plan the likes of which our state has never seen.”

The Rebuild Illinois package consists of four bills:

HB 62: Appropriations for capital projects for the following: transportation, education, state facilities, environment/conservation, broadband deployment, health care and human services and economic and community development.
SB 1939: Provides revenue for horizontal construction. The bill increases the motor fuel tax in Illinois from 19 cents to 38 cents on July 1, 2019.
HB 142: Provides $22.6 billion in additional bonding authority allowing the state to fund infrastructure improvements statewide.
SB 690: Legalizes sports wagering, expands gaming, and provides revenue for vertical construction. The bill also increases the per-pack cigarette tax by $1, from $1.98 to 2.98, effective July 1, 2019.