Monday, July 27, 2009

Capital spending plan criticized for giving money to private entities

When Gov. Pat Quinn signed a $31 billion capital spending measure this month, he and lawmakers who approved the bill touted the many state benefits the plan would create, not to mention jobs.

But a system in which party caucuses divvy up millions of dollars for private entities such as theaters, veterans groups, museums and zoos is not a good system, according to others, including Dr. Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at UIS.

Redfield's comments on the topic were featured in a July 26, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article