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Illinois Construction Jobs Move in Court

Posted on November 7, 2008

A recent plan to relocate Illinois construction jobs has found itself in court.

Opponents of a plan to relocate 150 construction jobs with the Illinois Department of Transportation from Springfield to southern Illinois will be in court next week in an effort to prevent the state from spending excess money on the move. Springfield Attorney Don Craven is asking the court to issue a preliminary injunction that would temporarily prevent Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes or Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias from allocating any money in connection with the jobs move.

According to an article by the Journal Star, the prohibition would remain in place until Attorney General Lisa Madigan acts on the administration’s plan to buy half of a former Wal-Mart building in Harrisburg to house the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety. Madigan must sign off on the purchase before it can take place.

The traffic safety division is currently located in leased space in Springfield, and the government wants to move the department to save the state money and provide an economic boost to southeastern Illinois. Craven said he wants to prevent the administration from ignoring Madigan and going ahead with the purchase without her input.

The attorney general’s office has not yet reviewed the proposed purchase, because IDOT did not forward purchase documents to the office until last week.

Craven filed suit on behalf of Springfield-area lawmakers and civic leaders trying to stop the move. If Madigan rejects the purchase, most of the lawsuit will be useless, and there will be no reason to remain in court.

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