[Eric Ginnard - email@example.com]
Herald-News: The Houbolt Road project, do you have any update on that?
Rauner: I haven't heard much in the last couple weeks. What I'll do is when I leave here, I'm going to have my team call you and give you the full download. Everything I know is last time I heard, about a few weeks ago, things are going. I think that's a great project.
Herald-News: One of the issues facing people here is that you talk about jobs here, it's expanding, but also trucks are expanding, the roads can't handle it. What can the state do for people here on that?
Rauner: It's a huge issue. We've got to be invested in our infrastructure. I've advocated having an infrastructure plan on capital bills from day one. I'm still pushing for that. It would help if we had a balanced budget so we could have the money to put in.
Also, get creative with public-private partnerships. We recommended one for the I-55 managed lanes. Madigan so far has held that up for his own, whatever reasons, not valid reasons. But we can do a lot of raising of money. I've talked to investors who would love to invest and expand our highway network where you can do flexible tolling and other creative ways to finance the roads and you don't even need to have taxpayers pay for it. But I'm also happy to have state government projects the taxpayers pay. The reality is that drives major economic growth.
Will County is the heart of transportation in the United States of America and boy, Will County totally depends on the highway system, 100 percent.