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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois

Transportation and Infrastructure

Transportation is the backbone of our economy. It moves people to their jobs, children to school, produce and livestock from farms to sale, products to retail, and even information to consumers. A reliable, efficient, and safe transportation network is vital for families as well as commerce. I believe it is imperative that the federal government provide local and state governments with the flexibility required to best meet the needs of very diverse states across our nation as well as long term certainty when it comes to funding so they can plan and deliver projects. I am committed to fighting for transparency, local control, and streamlined processes so projects can get done in a timely fashion, while maintaining safety standards. Whether roads, bridges, railways, transit, ports, airways, or locks and dams on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers—improving new and existing infrastructure is vital for economic growth and job creation. 

More on Transportation and Infrastructure

November 21, 2019 Press Release
QUINCY, IL – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded the Quincy Regional-Baldwin Field Airport $9,000,000 in grant funding to support runway reconstruction.
November 21, 2019 Press Release
NORMAL, IL - Congressmen Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Rodney Davis (IL-13)  announced today that Connect Transit was awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Buses and Bus Facilities Grant Program for the Better Bus Stop Campaign.
June 4, 2019 Press Release
SPRINGFIELD, IL — Reps. Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Rodney Davis (IL-13) announced today that the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport has received a $3.2 million U.S. Department of Transportation Airport Improvement Program discretionary grant which will continue the improvements being made at the airport, including runway rehabilitation.
May 15, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Congresswoman Lori Trahan (D-MA) introduced new legislation to support the cleanup of CSO contamination in rivers across the United States, including the Illinois River.
December 18, 2018 Op-Ed
In today’s political climate, it’s not often we hear of bipartisan work coming out of Washington, D.C.
December 14, 2018 In The News
The city of La Harpe, Illinois received a grant that will pave the way for a new water treatment system.   Residents and businesses said this is much needed because last summer, everyone was without clean and healthy water.   On Main Street in the city, there was a lot of excitement.  
December 6, 2018 Press Release
Springfield, IL- U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) announced today that the City of Springfield was awarded a $22 million federal grant for construction of the Springfield Rail Improvements Project. A Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant from the U.S.
November 21, 2018 Press Release
Washington, DC - U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) and Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that the Trump administration will provide the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with $57.5 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 funding to continue major rehabilitation work at the LaGrange Lock and Dam (Versailles, IL) located on the Illinois River south of Beardstown, IL in Cass County.
October 29, 2018 In The News
The federal government’s top mass transit official stopped in Bloomington on Friday to tout $12 million in grants won by Connect Transit and other Illinois agencies which she says will help chip away at the country’s aging fleet of buses.
October 29, 2018 In The News
BLOOMINGTON — Connect Transit is far from alone in needing to overhaul its bus fleet, the nation's top mass transit leader said Friday in Bloomington.