CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich yesterday praised the House's passage of legislation that would allow the state to pursue a lease of the Illinois Lottery to raise at least $7 billion to fund new capital spending, but criticized the chamber's failure to also approve an actual capital works program.

"The governor believes that with a 7.3% statewide unemployment rate in Illinois, we should be moving now to pass a jobs plan that would put hundreds of thousands of people to work," read a statement from Blagojevich's office. "Although the governor is pleased that the House is finally moving forward with his lottery lease proposal, they have yet again delayed passing the jobs plan."

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