Presented by ________________________


WHEREAS, a well developed and maintained system of roads is an essential component of the State’s overall infrastructure, and critical from an economic development perspective;

WHEREAS, the State budget proposed for Fiscal Year 1998 contains a 12.5 percent decrease in road spending from Fiscal Year 1997 levels;

WHEREAS, officials have projected further shortfalls in the State’s Road Fund for future years and concluded that additional revenue may be needed to maintain Illinois roads;

WHEREAS, questions have been raised whether Illinois is efficiently using its existing roadbuilding funds;

WHEREAS, published accounts have reported that in recent years Illinois has paid more than other states for certain roadbuilding costs, including 91 cents for a pound of reinforcing steel compared to the national average of 55 cents, and $31.66 for a ton of asphalt compared to $27.37 paid by Indiana; therefore be it

RESOLVED, BY THE LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COMMISSION that the Auditor General is directed to conduct a management audit of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s road construction program; and be it further

RESOLVED, that this audit shall include, but not be limited to, the following determinations:

RESOLVED that all State agencies, including the Department of Transportation, and all other entities which may have information relevant to this audit shall cooperate fully and promptly with the Office of the Auditor General in the conduct of this audit; and be it further

RESOLVED that the Auditor General commence this audit as soon as possible and report his findings and recommendations upon completion to the Legislative Audit Commission, the Governor, ad members of the General Assembly in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois State Auditing Act.

Adopted this _______ day of ______________________, 1997.



Senator Thomas J. Walsh
Representative Terry W. Deering