Budget – Infrastructure
The ratings imposed on Chicago Public Schools by the three chief bond rating offices were implicated in the high interest rates charged by the market. While investors continued to offer bids for these bonds this week, the interest rates they signaled with their bids were a tangible sign of the darkening financial prospects facing one of Illinois’ largest public-sector entities.
A typical Illinois road project set for implementation in the 2015 summer-and-fall construction season may begin with road and lane closures in late April or early May. For example, lanes have just closed in a substantial section of that portion of Interstate 74 that goes through Henry County (http://qctimes.com/news/local/work-begins-on-i--south-of-i--in/article_45942a34-e8fd-11e4-8227-f3d682c1ab75.html).
Motorists are warned to reduce speed in construction zones (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/04/14/construction-season-on-tap-for-plenty-of-chicago-area-roads/). More than 4,300 motor vehicle crashes happened in Illinois work zones in 2014. 29 persons, including three road workers, were killed. State law includes enhanced traffic penalties for moving and other violations detected in construction zones. IDOT has posted information (http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/About-IDOT/News/Press-Releases/3-24-15%20National%20Work%20Zone%20Awareness%20Week%20FINAL.pdf) on 2015 road work zone safety issues on their website.
The Bartonville hospital landmark is well-known in the Peoria area for its location as a focus of reported paranormal activity. Ghost stories surround the building, and are attested on the Save the Bowen Building’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheBowenBuilding).