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Quinn Will Control Stimulus Funds

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    AP -- New Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will have control over billions of dollars in state aid from President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan after all -- now that Rod Blagojevich has been kicked out of office.

    A provision in the House stimulus bill would have blocked Blagojevich from exercising any control over the money due the state. Instead, it would have been under the control of the legislature.

    The idea behind the provision was to make sure Blagojevich couldn't have used the money to enrich himself or his associates.

    Illinois stands to gain about $1 billion just for road projects to be contracted across the state.

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