Less than half of the money in Illinois' Road Fund actually pays for highway construction and maintenance. That's the finding in a new audit that also says the Road Fund overpaid for employee health insurance.
The Road Fund aggregates billions of dollars every year to build and repair highways, but a new report from Illinois' auditor general says more than half the money is going for employee salaries and benefits, as well as paying off bonds.
The audit found several problems with how the Road Fund kept track of spending for employee health insurance.
Road construction is becoming a familiar scene this time of year. For the month of June, construction is expected to continue around the revamped Machesney Town Center. All businesses will remain open during the road improvements, but it may take longer to get around.
Construction continues this month for the inside lane of Highway 251 around the area formerly known as the Machesney Park Mall. New turn lanes are being added on 251 between Copper Drive and Roosevelt Road.
Meanwhile, pavement will be moving east, framing the intersection of Illinois 173 and Illinois 251.