- - Wednesday, October 20, 2010

ILLINOIS

Blagojevich, Ryan cited in debate

CHICAGO | Candidates for Illinois governor are linking their opponents to convicted previous governors.

Republican Bill Brady repeatedly connected Gov. Pat Quinn to ousted Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich during a gubernatorial debate Wednesday evening.

Blagojevich has been convicted of lying to the FBI and faces retrial on corruption charges.

Meanwhile, Mr. Quinn said Mr. Brady supported former Gov. George Ryan who is serving a prison sentence for corruption.

Mr. Quinn and Mr. Brady squared off in Chicago at WLS-TV.

EPA

$773M to clean up old GM sites

The Obama administration has reached a deal on a $773 million environmental trust, the largest of its kind in U.S. history, to clean up dozens of former General Motors sites spread over 14 states, officials said Wednesday.

The funds will target automotive sites containing hazardous waste that were left shuttered by the auto giant’s bankruptcy last year. About half of the 89 sites covered by the trust are in Michigan, and others are in Indiana, New York and Ohio.

The trust fund, which was proposed in May, was filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York and is expected to receive final approval next year. The deal involves the government; Motors Liquidation Co., which represents former GM assets that were not placed in the new auto company; 14 states; and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in New York.

“This trust — the largest environmental trust in our history provides support — for aggressive environmental cleanups at these sites, which will create jobs today and benefit the environment and human health over the long term,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

CONNECTICUT

Chairman seeks probe of WWE

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