Saturday, March 14, 2009
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Bomke: Pleased gov. to keep IDOT office in Springfield

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[March 14, 2009]  SPRINGFIELD -- State Sen. Larry Bomke, R-Springfield, is pleased with Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to keep the Illinois Department of Transportation traffic safety division in Springfield.

"Ever since former Gov. Blagojevich announced his plans to move the traffic safety division, there has been a lot of anxiety," Bomke said. "I was very glad to hear that the move was not going to happen."

The plan that Blagojevich had outlined would have moved about 150 jobs from Springfield to Harrisburg in southern Illinois. With little justification for the move, the Blagojevich plan was scrutinized from the start.

"Blagojevich had no legitimate reason to move the IDOT workers jobs to begin with," Bomke said. "It seems as all the talk of moving the jobs was just a part of his political circus."

After Blagojevich was removed from office, many people believed that the plans to move the traffic safety division would not continue under Quinn.

"The workers at the traffic safety division have been on pins and needles for a long time," Bomke said. "I think we are all relieved that this announcement has been made and we can finally put this issue to rest. It is nice to see that the correct decision has been made."

[Text from file sent on behalf of Sen. Larry Bomke by Illinois Senate Republican staff]

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