Gov. Quinn to control any federal stimulus money for Illinois

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As Pat Quinn takes over as Illinois' 41st governor, he will have control over billions of dollars in state aid from President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan now that Rod Blagojevich has been kicked out of office. A provision in the House stimulus bill would have blocked Blagojevich from exercising any control over the money due the state. Instead, it would have been under the control of the legislature.

Quinn can now determine how the money is used. The idea behind the provision was to make sure Blagojevich couldn't have used the money to enrich himself or his associates.

The U.S. House passed a massive economic stimulus package Wednesday that includes billions of dollars for Illinois. The bill now goes to the Senate, which is expected to begin debate on it as soon as Monday. The vote for the $819 billion program was 244-188.

The Associated Press provided the following numbers on how Illinois may benefit based on tables the House Appropriations Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released.

ILLINOIS:

Highways and Bridges -- $1 billion

Mass Transit -- $352.8 million

Other Rail -- $191.8 million

Wastewater Treatment and Sewers -- $262.5 million

Low Income Energy Assistance -- $56.4 million**

Head Start -- $29.2 million*

Schools Modernization -- $859.5 million

Education Technology Grants -- $40 million*

Preventive Health and Health Services Grants -- $7 million*

State Budget Aid -- $2.7 billion*

* Includes both fiscal years 2009 and 2010

**Includes only fiscal year 2010

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