Gov. Rod Blagojevich Tuesday proposed $3.2 billion in new spending on construction and repairs in Illinois. That's slightly below the new spending in the current state budget and about $800 million less than last year.
One-third of the money goes to local governments, mostly to help build new schools and repair local roads. Of the state share, the vast majority goes to roads and bridges.
Blagojevich proposes spending $500 million of the road money through the economic development program known as "Opportunity Returns." He promises to spend some of that money quickly to increase the number of summer construction jobs.
The new money is only part of the state's capital budget. When you count money set aside for projects that began in previous years, the total spending is $10.1 billion.
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