Cook County Highways and Transportation Commissioner John Yonan will testify about his department’s budget Tuesday morning, including some details about a new initiative that would give each commissioner $500,000 to contribute to capital projects like roads, bridges, and pedestrian and bike-friendly fixes in each district. While the program sounds similar to Chicago’s menu program program (which gives each alderman about $1.3 million to spend on infrastructure projects like speed bumps, play lots, and street lighting from a pre-approved list), Yonan, a 19-year veteran of the Chicago Department of Transportation, says this program could be leveraged to do much more.

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