Special Session Continues

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Governor Rod Blagojevich is calling another special session of the Illinois Legislature today.

The move comes as lawmakers last night refused to divert state tax money to the ailing Chicago-area mass transit systems.

The plan would have diverted $440 million in state gasoline sales taxes to help the CTA, Pace and Metra. Backers offered no proposal for filling the hole that would create in the state budget.

The House vote was 57-53, but it needed 71 votes to pass.

Many downstate lawmakers refused to help without a companion deal on billions of dollars of road, school and government construction projects statewide. Officials are considering a major gambling expansion to pay for the capital program.