Gov. Pat Quinn is talking about another state construction program. The current program, worth $31 billion, started in 2010 and runs through next year. It’s paying for repair and replacement of roads, bridges, schools and state buildings, public transportation and economic development and environmental projects. The governor says he’ll be pushing for another program, because the state still has unmet construction needs, and he thinks he can get it passed.
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“When I became governor (in 2009), they hadn’t had an investment program in public works for 10 years, and we were able to get it done in 10 weeks, get a new law, Illinois Job Now, passed,” he said in Marion, where he announced $5.3 million for local transportation projects. The current program is funded by video gambling, a sales tax on candy and some increased fees at the secretary of state’s office, as well as federal matching funds and state motor fuel tax.