If you don't have a pink guitar autographed by Carrie Underwood, then Gov. Pat Quinn has something you don't. The board which oversees the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield gave the guitar to the governor, who is a fan of country music, during a news conference Wednesday in the facility's box office lobby. That's a construction site now, and that's the point. The governor was there to celebrate the capital construction program called Illinois Jobs Now!
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“We are doing a lot of building, probably more building in Illinois today than ever before in our state's history,” Quinn said. “We're working on our roads. We've done over 700 miles of road repair and new roads. We've worked on about 1,240 bridges in Illinois.” The governor also announced construction money for civic centers in Moline, Peoria and Rockford.
The pink guitar is not the only country-flavored goodie in Quinn's heart. He said he hopes the spruced-up facility in Springfield – undergoing a $16 million makeover, one-quarter of which is from that capital program – is good enough to impress the headliner at next week's “grand re-opening” – Brad Paisley.