Illinois' High Court is backing a financial decision made by former governor Rod Blagojevich. Justices ruled six-to-one last week in favor of Blagojevich's move to take money from the Cycle Rider Safety Training Fund. Motorcycle advocacy group ABATE sued the state after it took money from the fund in order to shore up the general revenue fund.
The group claimed money in the special fund was for private use only because the account contained both state and federal dollars. The court disagreed, saying there's no way to tell where the money in the account comes from. Blagojevich often swept funds from special funds in order to deal with budget deficits, it's also a tactic used by current Governor Pat Quinn. A spokesperson for Quinn says he plans to repay the money he's taken from dedicated funds.