President Trump signed into law a bill created by local Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D) Peoria in January.
This legislation aims to assist cities, like Peoria, by bringing solutions to combined sewer overflow. It also incentivizes the creation of green jobs.
In December, Bustos submitted legislation that focused on local water infrastructure improvements, which passed in the House and Senate. In January, the President signed the legislation into law, which Bustos sees as a huge win for the people of Central Illinois.
On Thursday the Congresswoman joined Peoria city leaders at the Greater Peoria Sanitary District to discuss how this could impact the River City, and Peoria taxpayers.
“I’m pleased that we’re making some good progress with the sanitary district to resolve some issues,” said Patrick Urich. “We kind of feel like the federal government had driven a wedge between us both that we’re able to work on and we’re making progress. We’re hopeful that we’ll have something that we can have something that we can act on by the end of the year, or by mid-year.”
Urich says the project could cost between $150-175 million, but hopes the recently passed legislation can help drive the costs down.