Rep. Jacobs Ushers Southwest Connector Resolution Through House with Unanimous Support

SPRINGFIELD – On Wednesday, State Rep. Paul Jacobs (R-Pomona) received unanimous support from the Illinois House of Representatives on a House Resolution that calls for the construction of the Southwest Connector, a four-lane highway that would expand Illinois Routes 127/154/3 from two to four lanes throughout southwestern Illinois to the metro-east.

Jacobs worked closely with Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens to move House Resolution 148 through the House.

“I am thankful to Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens for all of his hard work and advocacy to get this important Resolution to move forward. The Illinois House of Representatives has indicated its support for this much needed infrastructure improvement,” Jacobs said. “I look forward to continue to support the Southwest Connector project with all the tools I have at my disposal as a legislator.”

Mayor Stephens expressed his appreciation for the cooperation he has received from local legislators supporting the highway construction project.

“As Chairman of the Southwest Connector Task Force, I very much appreciate the action taken today by Illinois House of Representatives,” Stephens said. “This bi-partisan resolution recognizes the importance of the Southwest Connector and the benefits its construction would bring to the State of Illinois. Receiving unanimous support for this Resolution is another indication that the project is gaining momentum. Thank you to Rep. Paul Jacobs for his support and for pushing his colleagues to recognize this project as a major investment in our infrastructure.”