Governor Rod Blagojevich continues to draw criticism for his refusal to release $221 million in recently approved state funds that are needed to prevent closure of state historic sites and parks, as well as significant funding cuts for human services programs, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

The Governor claims he is waiting to release the revenue because of concerns about Illinois’ flagging economy. Senator Bivins said the funding restored by lawmakers in September is sitting in the Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Relief Fund waiting to be spent, and is not affected by the economy.

The executive director of the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability has also said that the state should collect at least $200 million in additional revenue this year to cover the costs.

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