Cal City state reps come up with $2.5 million for local road repairs

2014-03-16T00:00:00Z Cal City state reps come up with $2.5 million for local road repairsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 16, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CALUMET CITY | The three members of the Illinois House of Representatives who represent this suburb confirmed to Calumet City officials they will receive $2.5 million in state funds this year for repairs to State Street and River Oaks Drive.

State Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, along with state Reps. Elgie Sims and Marcus Evans, both D-Chicago, were at the City Council meeting on Thursday, where they presented Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush with a letter from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The letter indicates that $1.5 million of the funding is for repairs along State Street/Dolton Avenue, with the remaining $1 million going toward River Oaks Drive/159th Street.

State officials indicate the money will be used for general repairs to the road and its drainage system. Work will be done during the spring and summer months along both roads, which run east-west and stretch across the entire width of Calumet City.

Calumet City is split up between three state representatives, with Evans' district covering the area from State Line Road to roughly Burnham Avenue. Sims' district goes roughly from Burnham to Torrence avenues, while Jones' district covers the part of Calumet City west of Torrence Avenue and extends into surrounding suburbs.

"We're going to continue to work together," Sims said, while Evans said he is trying to learn more about Calumet City and the other suburbs within his legislative district.

"This is just the beginning of what we hope to do for Calumet City," said Evans.

Jones, who also serves as an alderman on the City Council, said he hopes to work to bring more state funding for local infrastructure repair and maintenance projects to the city, while Qualkinbush said she is pleased to see all three legislators working together on her city's behalf.

She said she is particularly encouraged at the cooperation from Sims and Evans, who do not live within Calumet City but whom she said have been supportive of the community.

"I talk to Elgie and Marcus all the time, and sometimes Thaddeus talks to me to," Qualkinbush quipped. "I hope (Sims and Evans) know they don't need Thaddeus Jones to invite them to Calumet City. They're welcome anytime."

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