Quinn Budget On Capital Improvements

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn wants a statewide construction program to continue after the five-year-old capital plan expires.

The Democratic governor proposed in his budget speech Wednesday that a bipartisan working group develop a new capital construction plan for the next five years.

A major accomplishment of Quinn's first days in office in 2009 was a $31 billion construction plan, the first one agreed to in the Capitol in a decade.

It was paid for by liquor and candy tax increases and video gambling.

Quinn says the plan built and repaired 7,700 miles of road, 1,300 bridges and more than 1,000 schools. The plan expires this year.

He did not say the state would pay for a new program.

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