Currently, 85 percent of state roads that fall under IDOT [Illinois Department of Transportation]’s jurisdiction are in acceptable condition or better, according to IDOT. The rate is projected to plummet to 65 percent by 2019, officials said. […]The report said that in eight of the last 10 fiscal years, less than half of road fund expenditures went for direct road construction costs.
The audit also found that the road fund was fleeced for $156.6 million in group health insurance costs, and that, of the $2.7 billion that didn’t make it into actual road paving, $221.4 million was used for pension contributions.We often speak about how the pension crisis is forcing states to cut services. In this case, services were cut without any actual “cutting”; the state simply diverted funds earmarked for important services toward the people hired to carry out those services. This makes it easy for states to cut services without voters noticing. But when voters do notice there is hell to pay, as state officials may soon discover for themselves.[Cracked road image courtesy of Shutterstock]