The governor regifts.
‘Twas the week before Christmas in 2003 when Gov. Rod Blagojevich showed up in the metro-east to pass out $187 million worth of gifts. Among the road projects on his list:
â€¢ $22.5 million for the Interstate 55-70 interchange at Illinois 162 in Troy.
â€¢ $15 million for Illinois 3 in Waterloo.
â€¢ $12 million for Illinois 159 in downtown Belleville.
â€¢ $13.5 million for the Governor’s Parkway in Edwardsville.
“I just love doling out this money,” Blagojevich said with a laugh.
He wasn’t kidding. He likes it so much that he has decided to regift many of the projects — to the same recipients.
In his recent State of the State address, he proposed a $3.2 billion capital program. The four projects mentioned above are all part of the new list. The Republicans say there are similar examples like this all around the state.
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