Illinois Department of Transportation

How Illinois governor candidates would fix transportation

Anyone who's driven across Illinois on crumbling highways, commuted on regularly delayed Metra trains or sat for hours on congested expressways knows the state's transportation system is in desperate need of an upgrade.

But the candidates for governor have different opinions on how to pay for it.

The Illinois Department of Transportation estimates it will take billions more in annual spending to maintain and make needed improvements to existing highways and transit systems. That doesn't include money for airports, waterways or freight lines.

Illinois' transportation system has been on what one regional group calls a "starvation diet" as federal...