The biggest beer drinker in any Springfield, Homer Simpson, to lobbied against new taxes on beer. [Mark Denzler/Illinois Manufacturers’ Association]

With five days left to go until spring legislative session’s scheduled adjournment Friday, lawmakers are working behind the scenes to find a creative way to save the state money on a capital plan to win the votes of suburban members whose districts intersect Interstate 80.

State Reps. Larry Walsh (D-Elwood) and Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) are taking up the mantle for “managed lanes,” a type of tolling in which drivers would pay an extra fee in order to use a dedicated lane, thus getting drivers to their destinations faster at a cost.

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