Thursday, November 29, 2007
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Governor's Statement on Mass Transit Funding

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[November 29, 2007]  SPRINGFIELD -- The following statement from Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich was released Wednesday following the Illinois House's failure to pass Senate Bill 307 -- a long-term funding solution for mass transit.

"I'm disappointed that the House was unable to pass a long-term funding plan for the CTA, Metra and Pace. This is the second time the House tried and could not pass a transit funding plan. I appreciate Speaker Madigan's effort to try to pass the funding plan for the CTA, Metra and Pace. The message from the Legislature is clear: Members will not pass a solution for the mass transit without a capital infrastructure plan. Therefore, based on tonight's vote, and in response to House Republican Leader Tom Cross's request, I am calling the Legislature back into special session tomorrow to consider the CTA funding legislation with a capital bill. We can't afford any more delay. The Legislature must keep working until they pass legislation that keeps the CTA, Metra and Pace running."

[Text from file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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