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Blagojevich Wants Lawmakers to Pass Construction Bill

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Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich wants lawmakers to pass a statewide construction bill when they return to Springfield today. But the plan faces long odds in the House. Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard has been lobbying for the project. He says the biggest obstacle is lawmakers’ lack of trust in the Blagojevich administration. But Poshard says that’s been addressed.

POSHARD: Any contention that there’s no limit on the Governor’s authority here and that he can end up doing what he wants to do with this money is just absolutely untrue. Those provisions are all in this bill. And they were put in this bill at the demand of legislators who have had problems with the Governor on this issue.

The construction program relies on some controversial ways to raise revenue, including more gambling. This spring, Speaker Michael Madigan and other Democrats blocked a vote on the plan.

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