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 yesterday 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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