Governor's Energy Plan

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Governor Rod Blagojevich says a plan he unveiled today would cut the state's reliance on foreign oil by squeezing more fuel from its own supply of corn and soybeans.

Some observers call the 1.2 billion dollar energy plan politically savvy for the Democrat chasing a second term while trying to shore up his image downstate.

Blagojevich says downstate areas should benefit from the 30,000 jobs he says his plan could create.

But Blagojevich now faces the challenge of reaping support for a proposal questioned for its price tag and uncertainty over how readily consumers will buy into ethanol technology.

The plan would invest 225 million dollars to build as many as 20 plants to turn corn into ethanol, five soy bio diesel plants and four sites that would make ethanol from plant waste, like corn husks.