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Quinn: Court's Ruling Puts People to Work

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    Governor explains what funding projects money will be used for. (Published Monday, Jul 11, 2011)

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is celebrating an Illinois Supreme Court ruling that upholds a law creating a $31 billion statewide construction program.

    Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz challenged the program because of the higher taxes it brought his family liquor business, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

    The construction program is designed to fix roads, bridges and schools, including a $125 million overhaul for Interstate 190 at O’Hare,the newspaper reported.

    "We have to have an aggressive approach to economic growth. We are not just standing still, running in place," Quinn said Monday. Capital construction, public works are indispensable in getting our economy moving to full employment."

    Wirtz argued the legality of tying together unpopular items into legislation, like video poker, which will be used to fund the program and wouldn't have much of a chance passing on its own.