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Pat Quinn's Finishing What the Blues Brothers Started

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Pat Quinn's Finishing What the Blues Brothers Started
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Pat Quinn isn't getting the band back together.

But he is in favor of finishing a job the Blues Brothers once started.

The Governor Thursday announced a $4 million federal grant to tear down the Dixie Square Mall in Harvey where Jake and Elwood once led cops through a retail chase of epic proportions.

They were on a mission from God. Quinn's more interested in economics.

"Dixie Square has been a place that we know has to change fundamentally," Quinn said while announcing the grant in Harvey. "I look forward to the day real soon when we will have this site cleaned and available for development."

Quinn used federal disaster recovery funds that were awarded to the state in 2008 for flood damage to help the mall demolition project. It will cost about $5 million to raze the 35,000 square foot building, which was built in 1966 ans has been considered an eyesore since it closed in 1979.

Demolition is scheduled for November and should take about four to six months. Local officials plan to build a more modern shopping center on the site.

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