Comments by Illinois governor taint construction project

12/11/2008 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told a campaign fund raiser that he expected contractors working on a $1.8 billion tollway construction program to contribute $500,000 to his campaign fund, according to a federal investigation. In a recorded conversation, Blagojevich said, "I could have made a larger announcement but wanted to see how they (road contractors) perform by the end of the year. If they don't perform, [expletive] 'em." The project includes $1.4 billion of work on two major Interstate interchanges and $400 billion to add congestion-relief "green lanes" to tollways.

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