The Illinois Supreme Court ruled July 11 to uphold a 2009 law that created a $31 billion capital construction plan.

The Supreme Court’s decision in the case of W. Rockwell Wirtz et al., Appellees, vs. Patrick Quinn, Governor, et al., Appellants overruled an appellate court decision issued by the Illinois Appellate Court in January.

When this legislation was passed in 2009, it had been 10 years since there has been a comprehensive capital bill passed in Illinois. At that time I supported the communities, universities, schools and transportation infrastructure that will benefit from the projects in this program. But I also thought it would be better to do a regular and predictable capital program every year by using our revenues to bond an annual program, rather than asking the working families of Illinois to bail us out with higher taxes, higher fees, and expanded gambling.

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