MAPLETON (WEEK) - Gov. JB Pritzker was in the driver's seat in Mapleton on Thursday.
Pritzker got behind the wheel of some heavy Caterpillar machinery during a tour of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 659 Apprenticeship and Training Center.
He spoke with members of a crane operators' class about the opportunities he says they will have thanks to his Rebuild Illinois capital plan.
The students will soon be qualified for the skilled labor jobs that are supposed to open up over the next five years.
"I gather there are about 15 people that get trained and it was only six a year or two ago. Now they're training 25," said the governor.
" As we provide more and more skilled labor, we provide the skills to the people that are learning here, it just adds to the reasons why people want to come to our state," Pritzker also said.
The governor also told drivers to be patient with the closing of bridges for repair as he said infrastructure investments are necessary to attract more businesses in Illinois.