CHICAGO (AP) – The first question on Illinois ballots in November’s election isn’t for president or senator, but on a proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting diversion of public money targeted for transportation projects to other state budget needs.
Despite widespread bipartisan support, some opponents have surfaced, including social service groups who argue it’s unfair to protect transportation over other issues.
The proposal seeks to prevent money generated through tolls and other transportation-related sources from being spent elsewhere.
Backers include unions and the construction industry. They claim the so-called “lockbox” amendment will protect Illinois’ infrastructure, economy and residents by ensuring money is used for road and bridge repair work and transportation jobs.
To pass, the measure needs either 60 percent of those voting on the amendment or a majority of those voting in the election.