State Rep. Keith Sommer (left), Transportation for Illinois Coalition managing director Jennifer Morrison (middle), and State Rep. Dan Brady (right) led a discussion with local officials about transportation issues. (WJBC / Sarah Beckman)
By Sarah Beckman
BLOOMINGTON - Though transportation is not at the top of the state agenda, it remains an issue at the local level.
Bloomington-Normal leaders met with the Transportation for Illinois Coalition (TFIC), as well as State Rep. Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) and State Rep. Keith Sommer (R-Morton) on Wednesday.
Jennifer Morrison, managing director for the coalition, said the goal of the meeting was to gather information and concerns from local officials.
"Transportation is key to a healthy economy," said Morrison. "Today's meeting is the kind of thing we need to do to get everyone on the same page and think about the challenges ahead."
After establishing some of the coalition's concerns, the TFIC allowed for each person in the room to voice opinions about transportation issues. Most people touched upon funding and transportation investment programs.
"We're trying to represent everyone's voice so we can bring everything to Springfield and get support for the entire package," said Morrison.
However, Morrison and leaders in the room recognize that transportation plans might not receive immediate support when presented in Springfield.
"There are obstacles and it's difficult anytime to talk about revenue or fee increases to help fund these projects," said Morrison. "Those have to be taken care of before we can move forward on this."
The Bloomington-Normal meeting is part of a 19-meeting series that the coalition is hosting throughout the state. It wraps up on April 29.