- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner says Democrats removed overdue money for a project at Chicago Rockford International Airport from last week’s short-term state spending bill but they say that’s not the case.

The Republican governor said in an interview Tuesday with the Rockford Register Star (https://bit.ly/29ixl2H ) that he included money for maintenance and repair work at the airport. But Rauner said Democrat House Speaker Mike Madigan’s “majority” removed it.

State Rep. Litesa Wallace, a Rockford Democrat, said she knew nothing about the money. Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said no projects of that type were part of the bill.

The state in 2014 promised $16.5 million to the project but has delivered only $1.5 million.

The six-month spending bill is intended to fund state government until a full budget can be worked out.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com


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