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Davis and LaHood answer questions with a crowd
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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said the biggest issue he is hearing out of McLean County is infrastructure.

Dan Brady looks at roadwork
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Central Illinois lawmakers visited the United Contractors Midwest asphalt facility in north Normal Thursday before touring the ongoing road construction on Interstate 74.

Gas station terminal
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An economist predicts Illinois' 19-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike will cause many Illinoisans to drive less, even if we haven't changed our habits just yet.

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Speeders beware: Minor traffic violations will now carry higher fines.

potholes
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McLean County government is expecting the busy spring legislative session in Springfield to help it chip away at road repairs and other infrastructure.

Former Republican congressman and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made a pitch Monday for Illinois to raise its gas tax.

The Peoria native told a panel of lawmakers he would champion the tax hike even though his fellow Republicans may be opposed.

“I remember the days like many of you do when Illinois was a great state, when we had great infrastructure, when we were able to attract business to our state,” said LaHood, who headed the U.S. Department of Transportation under former President Barack Obama. “That’s what we want to get back to.”

Bruce Meeks addresses council
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The Bloomington City Council narrowly passed a higher local motor fuel tax Monday night.

Tim Gleason
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After meeting with aldermen over the last two days, Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason said he believes there's enough city council support for a 4-cent increase in the gas tax.

potholes
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Debate over gasoline tax increases to fund road repairs in Bloomington and Normal is more complex than the question of keeping the amount the same in both cities.

City Hall
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Bloomington aldermen gave little indication Monday whether they are likely to approve a 4-cent per gallon increase in a local gasoline tax during a committee of the whole meeting that included the topic.

Amelia Buragas and Joni Painter
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Bloomington aldermen plan to vote next week on a proposal to extend the city’s yearlong moratorium on allowing new video gambling machines in the city.