Governor Pat Quinn has backed away from a controversial plan to raid state road construction dollars, after the Republican leaders of the Senate and House questioned the proposal, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Also during the week, two companies vying to take control of Illinois’ $2 billion lottery program presented their cases before Governor Quinn, state revenue was earmarked to help boost Internet technology in rural communities and a second round of Illinois’ ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program was announced.

After learning of the Governor's plan to divert state road construction dollars, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont and House Republican Leader Tom Cross of Oswego sent a joint letter to the Governor objecting to the plan. Republican lawmakers opposed the potential sweep, saying that it is counterproductive to use the Road Fund or motor fuel taxes as a way to supplement general state spending." />

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