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Illinois Official's Letter, Not Law, Key to Road Work

By The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's administration says a cabinet member's pledge is the key to making a road-construction boost work this spring.  Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider's letter to a top Senate Democrat promises not to divert as much money from road building as a state law Quinn signed Thursday directs.  

The $1.5 billion supplemental appropriation includes a $675 million addition of highway and bridge construction this spring.  The plan depends on taking $125 million from the road fund to pay for state employee health insurance. The law allows a diversion of $176 million - a significant dent in a five-year road plan.  

Schneider's letter promises to spend only the $125 million for health care.  Senate Republicans complained the bill is flawed and rushed through. 

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