SPRINGFIELD Gov. Rod Blagojevich outlined his $49.7 billion budget proposal for the coming fiscal year to mixed reactions, and Senate members continued their consideration of legislation in committees during the week of Feb. 18-22, according to State Senator Pamela J. Althoff (R-Crystal Lake). Senator Althoff said Blagojevich’s sixth budget once again relies on increased spending, higher debt and more hits on businesses that employ Illinois citizens. The Governor did offer some tax breaks to citizens and expressed an interest in passing a capital improvement program. Senate Republicans have been trying for several years to pass an equitable capital improvement program with a stable, responsible funding source.  

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