Gov. Pat Quinn warns of construction shutdown

June 16, 2011

The Associated Press

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Gov. Pat Quinn says massive construction like the rebuilding of a major downtown Chicago road and a Mississippi River Bridge project will be halted unless  legislative leaders solve a dispute over state spending and construction. 

Quinn gave legislative leaders until Friday to come to consensus on legislation that funds construction for highways, schools and other state projects.      Without it, Quinn says there will be a construction shutdown costing the state $30 million and an idling 52,000 workers. 

He says that includes the Wacker Drive rebuilding project in Chicago and about 60 transit projects in other parts of the state.      

The construction bill is in legislative limbo. Quinn wants Senate Democrats to approve the bill and drop $430 million they added in the spring legislative  session for education and social services.