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$31 Billion Capital Program Voted Down

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    Mom and pop stores say they saw more green this "Small Business Saturday."

    The Illinois Appellate court on Wednesday said the state's capital construction program violates the Illinois Constitution and the Single Subject Rule.

    It means the state's $31 billion capital construction bond plan is up in the air. It also means the deal to privatize the lottery is pending. Lawmakers agreed to use video poker proceeds to pay for the capital bill. 

    Gov. Pat Quinn issued a statement saying his administration intends to appeal the decision.

    "Capital bill projects are putting thousands of people to work in every corner of the state, while supporting local businesses, improving our infrastructure and increasing energy efficiency," the statement reads.

    Quinn will seek a stay from the Illinois Supreme Court and expects the court to rule on it soon. Capital projects that are in progress will continue as scheduled, according to the statement.