Friday, March 27, 2009
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$1.5 billion for potholes, resurfacing Ill roads

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[March 27, 2009]  SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- At least one piece of a statewide construction program could be approved next week as Illinois officials try to create jobs during the spring construction season.

HardwareGov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday he has an agreement with Democratic legislative leaders to take action before lawmakers begin their spring break.

He wouldn't provide details.

But a spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton says top Democrats have agreed to a roughly $1.5 billion plan to fill potholes and resurface roads. The money would come from the state road fund.

If that happens, officials would still face tough decisions on a much larger program to build roads, modernize schools and repair mass transit systems.

Quinn wants a $26 billion construction program funded by raising the cost of driver's licenses and registration fees.

[Associated Press]

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