An Illinois appellate court has thrown out legalized video gambling and higher taxes on liquor and candy that were supposed to fund a $31 billion state construction plan.The court ruled the 2009 law violated the state Constitution's prohibition on bills that deal with more than one subject.
That bill was part of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's "The Illinois Jobs Now!" capital program. It was an important part of Gov. Quinn's plan to put Illinois back to work. Capital bill projects were to put thousands of people to work in every corner of the state, while supporting local businesses, improving infrastructure and increasing energy efficiency.
The Office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn issued a statement in response to the Illinois Appellate Court decision regarding the 2009 capital bill: "The administration intends to appeal the Appellate Court's decision and to seek an immediate stay from the Illinois Supreme Court.
The state had allocated $6 million to Quincy, to build a new transportation hub. That hub would bring together all ground transportation, like city and Trailways buses, cabs and Amtrak train service, under one roof.
The Governor's office says, "While the administration's request for a stay is pending with the Illinois Supreme Court, capital projects already in progress will continue as scheduled. We would expect the Supreme Court to rule on the request for a stay in the very near future."