By Erica Christoffer
The U.S. House has so little faith in Illinois Gov. Rob Blagojevich, that they actually wrote a clause in the proposed $825 billion stimulus package preventing him from touching the funds in any way.
As reported by ProPublica, state agencies cannot spend the stimulus money directed toward Illinois without approval from the General Assembly, that is, until “Rod R. Blagojevich no longer holds the office of Governor of the State of Illinois.”
But, hey, even Blago himself doesn’t think he’ll be governor much longer. He didn’t even bother showing up for the opening for his impeachment trial, instead taking a magical media tour appearing everywhere from ABC to The View.
It’s the news story that keeps on giving.
As for the proposed stimulus package, Illinois is slated to get $1.8 billion for infrastructure upgrades. Chicago Public Schools would receive $748 million over the next two years.
Click here to review the House stimulus bill.
Click here to hear audio and read transcripts of Blago in action, as reviewed at the impeachment trial.