Blago touts jobs bill, shifts responsibility for WIU funding into Republican's laps.
Governor Blagojevich stopped in Moline earlier today and reiterated his priority to pass his jobs bill to build roads and schools, and remembered to add that the WIU campus project was "a huge priority right now".
Since he's pretty much cast the fate of the funding to the wind, in other words making it dependent on Republican support to get it into a budget bill, he shrewdly took the opportunity to shift responsibility away from himself and local legislators and onto the opposition party, "If you know a republican legislator, ask him or her to stop playing partisan poltics," Gov. Blagojevich said. "Let's put the campus ahead of politics and partisanship, and let's create jobs for people."
A massive lobbying squad from the area is set to invade Springfield Wednesday in order to execute a scorched earth lobby effort in support of funding for the WIU project. It could be a make or break effort.
On the Thomson prison mini-opening, WQAD reports that the common sense people of that town aren't going to fall for the hype anymore.
Around Thomson, people say they want prisoners, not promises, after waiting four years for a new but never used prison to open.
So hope was tempered with skepticism last week when Governor Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vitch) unveiled plans for a scaled-down opening of the 18-hundred-bed facility. It was finished in 2001 but never opened because of state budget woes.
The governor's plan would hire 75 guards and bring in 200 inmates by fall.
Townspeople say their hopes have been raised and dashed before. They say businesses that opened to serve the expected rush of prison visitors are hurting most.
State Representative Mike Boland says he understands the frustration after striking out with several prison-opening ideas of his own.
But the East Moline Democrat says the latest plan will click, thanks to support from House Speaker Michael Madigan.