The House of Representatives is scheduled to return to Springfield September 10 and 11 to consider leasing the Illinois Lottery as a way to generate revenue for a statewide capital construction plan, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Though the controversial Lottery lease has generated widespread media and public attention, Senator Bivins said focus is also on the Blagojevich Administration’s recent decision to close a number of Illinois’ state parks and historic sites.

Governor Rod Blagojevich’s plan to shut down 13 state historic sites and 11 state parks was announced Aug. 28. Blagojevich ostensibly made the cuts in order to trim $1.4 billion from the unbalanced budget sent to him by the state’s Democrat majority.

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