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Full Text of SJR0054  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, For southwest Illinois to remain a vibrant and
3desired place to live and do business, the region's roadways
4need to evolve to meet the needs of the area; and
5    WHEREAS, Connecting the major population centers of
6Southern Illinois will allow people, goods, and agriculture
7commodities to be quickly transported; and
8    WHEREAS, Four counties in southwestern Illinois (Jackson,
9Monroe, Perry, and Randolph), numerous municipalities in the
10area, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, local
11businesses, labor unions, and agricultural organizations have
12all voiced support for a four-lane, divided highway from
13Waterloo to Murphysboro; and
14    WHEREAS, The proposed highway has come to be known as the
15Southwest Illinois Connector; therefore, be it
18CONCURRING HEREIN, that the Southwest Illinois Connector Task
19Force is created in order to study the following:
20        (1) the cost, feasibility, and environmental impact of
21    the connector;



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1        (2) the short- and long-term economic impact to the
2    region; and
3        (3) all options for funding the connector, both public
4    and private; and be it further
5    RESOLVED, That the Southwest Illinois Connector Task Force
6shall consist of the following members:
7        (1) the President of the Senate, or his designee;
8        (2) the Speaker of the House, or his designee;
9        (3) the Minority Leader of the Senate, or his designee;
10        (4) the Minority Leader of the House of
11    Representatives, or his designee;
12        (5) the Secretary of Transportation, or his or her
13    designee;
14        (6) a representative of Randolph County appointed by
15    the Chairman of the Randolph County Board of Commissioners;
16        (7) a representative of Perry County appointed by the
17    Chairman of the Perry County Board of Commissioners;
18        (8) a representative of Jackson County appointed by the
19    Chairman of the Jackson County Board;
20        (9) a representative of Monroe County appointed by the
21    Chairman of the Monroe County Board of Commissioners;
22        (10) a representative of an organization representing
23    the Illinois agricultural industry appointed by its
24    President;
25        (11) a representative of Southern Illinois University



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1    Carbondale appointed by its Chancellor;
2        (12) the president of a statewide labor federation
3    representing more than one international union, or his or
4    her designee;
5        (13) a representative of the Kaskaskia Regional Port
6    District appointed by its Chairman;
7        (14) a representative of an organization representing
8    municipalities in Illinois appointed by its President; and
9        (15) a representative of an organization representing
10    realtors in Illinois appointed by its President; and be it
11    further
12    RESOLVED, That the Task Force members shall select a
13Chairperson from among themselves; and be it further
14    RESOLVED, That members of the Southwest Illinois Connector
15Task Force shall serve with no compensation; the Illinois
16Department of Transportation shall make all Department
17information available to the Task Force and provide expertise
18as needed and available; and be it further
19    RESOLVED, That the Southwest Illinois Connector Task Force
20shall meet a minimum of four times and make recommendations to
21the General Assembly and the Illinois Department of
22Transportation before December 31, 2018; and be it further



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1    RESOLVED, That the report filed with the General Assembly
2shall be filed with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk
3of the House of Representatives in electronic form only, in the
4manner that the Secretary and Clerk shall direct.