Port of Chicago wants more funds to fix aging infrastructure

The inclusion of $35 million in funding for state port districts in Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget is “awesome” but more money will be needed to repair the Port of Chicago‘s aging infrastructure, a port executive said.

The Illinois Ports Association had requested $250 million for all 19 Illinois port districts, including $100 million for the Illinois International Port District that oversees the Port of Chicago on the city’s South Side, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Clayton Harris, the international district’s executive director, said that while the funding isn’t enough, he’s pleased the General Assembly has started to recognize the ports’ significance as a contributor to the state’s economy.

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