Transportation and Infrastructure

“Illinois families deserve safe roads and bridges and good paying jobs. We need to invest in 21st century infrastructure that makes critically needed improvements and spurs economic activity.”

The 14th District needs federal, state, and local support to build, maintain, and improve infrastructure in a way that meets the demands of the 21st century. Congresswoman Underwood supports expanding Metra commuter rail in DeKalb and Kendall counties, increasing broadband access in rural parts of the 14th District including McHenry County, rehabbing our deteriorating water infrastructure, and improving our roads and bridges. These investments will expand economic and educational opportunities and create jobs.

Congresswoman Underwood has testified on northern Illinois infrastructure priorities in front of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. In Congress, she serves on the Rural Broadband Task Force.


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More on Transportation and Infrastructure

September 15, 2020 Press Release

WEST CHICAGO— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced that the City of Joliet will receive a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the I-55 at IL 59 Access Project in Joliet. This grant, which is funded by DOT’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation grants program, follows successful efforts by Underwood to increase funding for the BUILD grants program.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced the passage of legislation she strongly supported to rebuild America's infrastructure. The Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2) would invest more than $1.5 trillion in modern, sustainable, infrastructure while creating millions of jobs, combatting the climate crisis and addressing disparities in urban, suburban and rural communities across Illinois and throughout the country. 

June 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Last week, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) joined fellow members of the House Rural Broadband Task Force to introduce legislation to improve broadband access and ensure affordable internet to more Americans. The Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act (H.R.

June 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) continued her work to improve internet access for northern Illinois communities in a virtual roundtable with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.

June 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prioritize rural broadband access for northern Illinois communities during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In the letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Underwood emphasized the importance of internet access for staying connected to jobs, schools, health care providers, and loved ones during this crisis.

May 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Steve Cohen (TN-09) introduced new legislation to help Americans receive cash refunds for canceled flights during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Cash Refunds for Coronavirus Cancellations Act would require major airlines and third-party ticket sellers to offer full cash refunds for all canceled tickets during the coronavirus pandemic, regardless of whether the airline canceled an entire flight or if the passenger canceled their individual ticket because of the public health emergency.

April 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) led members of the Illinois delegation in urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support Metra’s Fiscal Year 2020 Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) application for cyber vulnerability risk mitigation and operations center enhancements. In a  letter to DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, members highlighted the invaluable role Metra plays in serving communities and cities in Illinois, and wrote that Metra’s requested TSGP funding is essential for securing the system against terrorism and other threats.  

January 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) unveiled House Democrats’ new framework for a five-year, $760 billion investment that would create an estimated 10 million jobs addressing some of the country’s most urgent infrastructure needs, from the massive maintenance backlog, to designing safer streets, to putting the U.S. on a path toward zero carbon pollution from the transportation sector and increasing resiliency.

December 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) released the following statement on the bipartisan, bicameral appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2020, signed by the President. The legislation includes legislation championed by Underwood to lower insulin costs, establish an electronic health record system for the Department of Homeland Security, research gun violence, and invest in Fermilab.   

November 21, 2019 Press Release
Following a letter by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) in which she called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to take immediate action to protect states, including Illinois, from a provision in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act which would rescind $7.6 billion in highway funding, the House passed a Continuing Resolution that included a repeal of the FAST Act rescission.