September 27, 2005

Blago begins release of state funds for pork projects

The governor has begun releasing $195 million for hundreds of projects around the state that were negotiated during his predecessor's term.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich has authorized the release of $7 million to protect Chicago's shoreline, $4 million for the Joffrey Ballet and millions of dollars more for road improvements, bike paths, parks and other pork projects, administration records showed.

The projects receiving money had executed grant agreements, which are basically contracts with the state, Blagojevich spokeswoman Rebecca Rausch said.

Blagojevich ordered a freeze on funding for the projects after he became governor in January 2003. Last spring, he agreed to distribute about $470 million of the frozen funds.

Altogether, the $195 million now being released will be used to pay for more than 560 projects across the state that were first approved during the administration of Republican Gov. George Ryan.

Ryan's hometown of Kankakee will get about $3.3 million for street and library renovations, $980,000 for upgrades to a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed property, and $250,000 for the Kankakee County Historical Society, according to the records.

The sudden release of the money has apparently caught some officials off guard.

Blagojevich has not decided when the rest of the roughly $275 million will be released, Rausch said.
It appears Blagojevich is banking that the Beatles were wrong and that money CAN buy you love.


At 9/28/2005 8:42 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Someone must be up for re-election!
Were is all this money coming from?

At 9/28/2005 4:24 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

As the article explains, these are all pork projects oked back during the Ryan administration, but which Blago had frozen. He's just now releasing the funding.

At 9/28/2005 8:26 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Hmmmmm.... just in time for folks to think about elections again.

Anyone see a coincidence here or is it just me?

Oink Oink Oink

At 10/01/2005 11:11 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

I see he even gave some Pork to Geneseo and Repu Sen Todd Seiben. Wasn't that so nice of him.

The electorate in Geneseo is at least 75% republican.......


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