Illinois General Assembly Passes Bill to Keep Jobs Going

By WEEK Reporter

June 22, 2011 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM CDT

Governor Pat Quinn thanks the General Assembly Wednesday for coming back to work to pass a capital appropriations bill to construction projects and jobs going.

Both houses unanimously approved the 12-moth capital appropriations bill. The construction funding was in peril due to the budget negotiations process.

State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) was relieved that the General Assembly voted to allow the State's capital construction program to go forward as planned.

Legislators will return to Springfield Wednesday to vote on a "clean" capital construction measure that would avert a shutdown of state road projects and other construction programs.

On June 16, the Senate President announced that the Senate Democrat Caucus has agreed to advance the capital budget funding stream without $430 million in add-ons they were pushing.

A shutdown of road construction plans could have idled as many as 52,000 workers in Illinois.

Tune in to WEEK and WHOI for more on this story from Springfield.

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