Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich last week announced a nearly $11 billion, multi-year highway improvement program, but it hinges in part on passage of a $31 billion capital program by the General Assembly.

Lawmakers reconvened this week after a long holiday weekend to focus their attention on an operating budget for fiscal 2008, which begins July 1. The Senate and House each passed their own versions of a spending plan and will try this week to resolve their differences in order to adjourn by the end of the week.

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