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Tollway Funds Improperly Moved under Blagojevich: Report

$33.6 Million Transferred to state's general revenue fund

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Tollway Funds Improperly Moved under Blagojevich:  Report

Julia Buckley

Drivers can view images and dispute toll violations online, announced the Illinois Tollway.

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Even though former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is behind bars in a federal prison in Colorado, his impact on state government in Illinois still resonates.

Consider a new report by the Illinois Tollway Inspector General that says more than $33 million in tollway revenue was improperly transfered into the state's general revenue fund between 2003 and 2006 at the order of the Blagojevich administration, reported the Chicago Tribune.

The money collected by the Illinois Tollway, by law, is not supposed to leave the agency and is supposed to be used on highway maintenance and construction.

But at the time Blagojevich, who was trying to balance the state budget, controlled the tollway administration.

The Inspector General's report was meant to warn tollway board members about future transfers.

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