Ill. Budget Veto Would Hit Emergency Services, Schools, Water

Blagojevich says he will cut wasteful spending that lawmakers have approved. His main target is the long list of so-called "member initiatives" that legislators steer to their districts.

But supporters say many of those projects address real needs.

For instance, the town of Morris would get $75,000 for the filtration system that removes radiation from the water supply.

And a Springfield cerebral palsy organization would get $50,000 to buy equipment to lift people out of wheelchairs.

Nearly $850,000 has been set aside for rescue equipment and emergency services, while playgrounds across Illinois would get about $1 million.

Blagojevich would not comment on the budget today during an appearance in Chicago.


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