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

July 7, 2021 Press Release

WEST CHICAGO— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) released the following statement on President Joe Biden’s visit to Illinois’ 14th District. During the visit, Underwood joined President Biden at McHenry County College to discuss the American Families Plan and what it means for Illinois families.  

July 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, legislation championed by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), the INVEST in America Act, passed the House of Representatives. The INVEST in America Act makes transformational investments in America’s highways, roads, bridges, transit, rail, and water infrastructure to create jobs, modernize our infrastructure and reduce carbon pollution. This legislation puts some of the key pieces of President Biden’s infrastructure vision into legislative text. 

July 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced that over $1.3 million in federal funding for Lake County’s Sylvan Lake Dam advanced in the House of Representatives. The Sylvan Lake Dam Modification Project is crucial to ensure public safety and protect hundreds of Lake County homes from impending failure of a 100-year-old embankment dam.

June 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON–  Today, Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced that the Village of Plainfield has been awarded $5 million in federal funding to construct the eastern extension of 143rd Street, which will help alleviate traffic and improve safety for vehicles traveling through and within the Village. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program.

June 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) released the following statement announcing that eight transportation and infrastructure projects in the 14th District of Illinois have been included in the INVEST America Act. The INVEST in America Act is comprehensive surface transportation legislation that would modernize our roads, bridges, transit, rail and so much more.

April 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON– This week, Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14) advocated for 14th District transportation and infrastructure needs before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Underwood highlighted projects that would benefit the district including the expansion of Metra mass transit services to Kendall County, expansion of rural broadband access in McHenry County, and upgraded water treatment facilities throughout the district, including in Spring Grove, IL.

February 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) supported the passage of the American Rescue Plan in the House of Representatives.

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.