HalpinSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Mike Halpin passed a measure through committee with bipartisan support that creates the Rock Island Regional Port District Act. The Rock Island Regional Port District will be established within the limits of the City of Rock Island, with the Rock Island City Council serving as the governing and administrative body of the district.

"There are 19 other Regional Port Districts in Illinois, and I believe that it makes sense economically to create one here in Rock Island," said Halpin (D-Rock Island). "The Rock Island Regional Port District has the potential to bring economic development and job creation to the area, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this district will have on our community."

The establishment of the Rock Island Regional Port District aligns with the goal of encouraging the use of waterways to efficiently transport goods, and to provide for economies of scale. The Port District will also boost recreation and tourism activities along the river. The Rock Island Regional Port District will be the twentieth public port district in Illinois, joining the likes of the Waukegan Port District and the Illinois International Port District.

The Rock Island Regional Port District will have bonding authority, which will help finance projects that assist with transportation. Port districts can issue permits for wharves, piers, dolphins, booms, weirs, breakwaters, bulkheads, jetties and bridges.

Senate Bill 1897 passed the Senate Local Government Committee and awaits further consideration before the full Senate.

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