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Rauner gives go-ahead for over $1 billion in Illinois Tollway projects: report

Construction crews work on a new bridge and on widening lanes on the Jane Addams Tollway at Interstate 47 in May 2013. | Al Podgorski/ Sun-Times

The Illinois Tollway got the OK Wednesday from Gov. Bruce Rauner to go ahead with over $1 billion in projects to rebuild and widen roadways and bridges, the Chicago Tribune is reporting:

The projects appeared to be on hold after Rauner issued an executive order his first day in office barring state agencies from awarding major contracts without approval from his administration.

Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said Rauner’s administration gave the go-ahead after a review of the Tollway’s plans by Rauner’s staff and the Office of Management and Budget. A Rauner spokesman confirmed that information in an email to the Tribune.