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Runners enjoy Chicago’s lakefront trail. (WTTW News)

Chicago is facing a lot of unfunded infrastructure needs in the coming years, according to officials. And it’s not just roads, bridges and streetlights that need work. The city’s lakefront is grappling with another year of high lake levels.

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The CTA, Metra and Pace might be running a little more efficiently going forward. After a 10-year drought, Chicago’s public transit system is set to receive billions in state capital funding.

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If you filled up your gas tank Monday, you may have noticed it got pricier. What’s behind that bump, and what other new laws are going into effect at the start of Illinois’ new fiscal year.

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(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

Finding billions of dollars to repair roads, bridges and other infrastructure needs is high on legislators’ list of priorities with five weeks left in their spring session, but so too are other hefty “asks” of first-time Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

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In a little more than a month, Illinois will have a new governor. J.B. Pritzker’s plans for his administration – including infrastructure funding – are beginning to take shape.

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In Illinois last year, more than 2,300 bridges were classified as “structurally deficient” – including three spanning Lake Shore Drive. We talk aging infrastructure in Chicago and beyond.

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Four of Chicago's river bridges are turning 100 this year, bringing the total of river bridges in the century club to 24. We talk with expert Patrick McBriarty about how the river bridges keep Chicago moving. 

One-on-One Interview

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Emanuel announces $7 billion for improvements to parks, airports, and mass transit over the next three years. But how will the cash-strapped city pay for it? The mayor goes one-on-one with Paris Schutz.

Improving Chicago's Infrastructure

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Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton says a new Chicago initiative to improve the city's crumbling infrastructure is the first of its kind in the nation. Paris Schutz has more on Clinton's Chicago visit.

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