7/14/2009

A new Illinois program signed into law this week by Gov. Pat Quinn will use proceeds from newly authorized video poker, higher taxes on candy, alcohol and beauty products and higher fees for drivers to help pay for a $31 billion construction program. The state will use the funds to repair roads and to build mass transit and schools. The public-works program is expected to create 400,000 jobs over the next six years, officials say.

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