CHICAGO — Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland used his fourth state of the state address yesterday to highlight a growing alternative energy industry he said would help spark an economic renewal and push lawmakers to approve a $950 million bond program that would finance a technology jobs program.

The speech comes a week after Strickland officially launched his re-election campaign against Republican opponent and former U.S. Rep. John Kasich. Recent local polls have put Kasich ahead of Strickland, with voters naming the economy as one of their top concerns.

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