Connor: Nearly $4 million in infrastructure grants to bring jobs to Will County

Grants are part of the Rebuild Illinois program passed by General Assembly in 2019

Will County is slated to receive a little under $4 million in funding for construction projects over the next three years, according to State Sen. John Connor.

Connor, D-Lockport, said in a news release the funding will bring jobs to the Joliet, Bolingbrook and Romeoville areas over the next few years and will bring “reliable infrastructure throughout the county for years to come.”

“Not only will we have the opportunity to strengthen our roads and bridges thanks to these grants, but we will be able to strengthen our communities and our economy,” he said.

The grants are part of the Rebuild Illinois construction plan which was passed in 2019. The money will be distributed in six installments over a three-year period.

Connor added the road and bridge improvements, new sidewalks and bike paths, or upgraded traffic signals are just a few of the changes that Will County may see due to the grants.

“The 43rd District has been hit hard by COVID-19, and I know that many communities in the district are having a hard meeting the constantly-rising costs of the pandemic,” Connor said in the release. “The additional funding from the state will allow us to give those communities a much-deserved helping hand.”

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.