CHICAGO - Ahead of this week's special session of the General Assembly, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich enlisted Chicago's business community to press the House Democratic leadership to pass a long-stalled partially bond-financed capital budget.

Blagojevich called a sputtering economy the most pressing issue facing the state in pushing for passage of a proposed $25 billion capital works program known as Illinois Works that would provide new funding for infrastructure projects, school construction, and bridge and road work.

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