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Illinois

2014 Report Card GPA:
C-

Cover 2014 IL RC 2014 Report Card for Illinois' Infrastructure

Every family, every community and every business needs infrastruc­ture to thrive. Infrastructure encom­passes: your local drinking water sup­ply to the Illinois River; the subway car you take to work to the rail lines spanning the State; and the street in front of your home to the interstate highway system. In 2010, the Infrastructure G.P.A. for Illinois was a D+, reflect­ing delayed maintenance and underinvestment across most categories. Now, the 2014 Report Card grades are compiled, and the Il­linois cumulative G.P.A. for infrastructure rose slightly to a C-.

The 2014 Report Card demonstrates that we can improve the current condition of Illinois infrastructure — when investments are made and projects move forward, the grades improve. While the modest progress is encouraging, there is much work left to be done. It is clear that Illinois has a significant back­log of overdue maintenance across our infrastructure network, a pressing need to build modern and resilient systems, and an immense opportunity to create reliable, long-term funding sources to avoid wiping out these recent gains.

Read the full 2014 Report Card for Illinois’ Infrastructure here.

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Illinois Infrastructure Grades

2014 Report Card GPA:
C-
Aviation
C+
Bridges
C+
Dams
C
Drinking Water
C-
Inland Waterways
D-
Rail
C
Roads
D+
Transit
D+
Wastewater
D+

A: Exceptional, B: Good, C: Mediocre, D: Poor, F: Failing, ?: Incomplete

Each category was evaluated on the basis of capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation

Key Facts About Illinois Infrastructure

Aviation

86 public-use airports

Bridges

2,275 of the 26,621 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridges

$115.80 million in bridge funds came from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in 2011

Dams

87% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Dams

212 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

$19 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Energy

5.257 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 29th

Hazardous Waste

45 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

1,100 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 8th nationally

Levees

2,050 miles of levees

Ports

106.4 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 6th nationally

Public Parks

$647.3 million of unmet needs for its parks system

Rail

41 freight railroads covering 7,028 miles across the state, ranking 2nd nationally by mileage

Roads

$3.7 billion a year in costs to motorists from driving on roads in need of repair, which is $449 /yr per motorist

Roads

16,966 of the state’s 144,337 public roads are major roads, and 15% are in poor condition

Schools

$8.2 billion in estimated school infrastructure funding needs

Transit

648 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains

Wastewater

$17.5 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

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