HARRISBURG IS IN FOR ABOUT 140 STATE JOBS.

Carbondale, IL – HARRISBURG IS IN FOR ABOUT 140 STATE JOBS.
GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH IS ANNOUNCING THIS (Fri) AFTERNOON THAT MOST OF THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S TRAFFIC SAFETY DIVISION WILL RELOCATE FROM SPRINGFIELD.

THE DIRECTOR OF THE PAUL SIMON PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE MIKE LAWRENCE SAYS THE GOVERNOR REALLY DOES NOT HAVE MUCH TO LOSE IN THIS MOVE.

THE GOVERNOR HAS APPARENTLY SHIFTED THE EMPHASIS TO HELPING THE STRUGGLING SOUTHERN ILLINOIS ECONOMY, BUT
LAWRENCE SAYS MANY PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SAY WHILE THE JOBS ARE NEEDED, IT'S UNFORTUNATE IT COMES AT SPRINGFIELD'S EXPENSE.

A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE RELOCATION IS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 31ST, BUT IT IS NOT BINDING.