Trying To Salvage The Summer Construction Season

By WEEK Producer

June 15, 2011 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM CDT

Governor Quinn and legislative leaders are on the road to returning to Springfield next Wednesday to salvage the summer construction season. But first...there are detours.

The leaders have to convince members to approve a capital bill that doesn't include additional spending. The governor has said without a capital bill there will be no money for millions of dollars of construction projects. Without agreement some will begin shutting down this weekend.

More than 50,000 jobs are on the line.

Some Senate Democrats appear to be putting up the biggest barrier to a bill with only capital money. Those Democrats are calling for a restoration of some 280 million dollars in cuts.

Peoria Democratic Senator Dave Koehler says his priority is the money for capital projects and that restoration of some budget cuts could be revisited later this year.

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