URBANA, Ill. (AP) — State officials have announced nearly $10 million in grants for municipalities to improve local transportation, including $6.4 million for eastern Illinois communities.

Gov. Pat Quinn detailed the grants Monday during stops in Urbana and Tinley Park. The money comes from his Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program that began in 2010.

The money is going to municipalities in the following eastern Illinois counties: Champaign, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Ford, Iroquois, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby and Vermilion.

About $3.4 million in grants is going toward Chicago's south suburbs.

Towns can use the grant money for any local transportation needs, such as repaving a street or fixing a curb or gutter.

Quinn spokesman Dave Blanchette says each municipality's sum is in addition to its motor fuel tax revenues received annually.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.