Lawmakers file suit to keep IDOT jobs in capital

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Three state legislators and Springfield city officials have filed a lawsuit to keep Governor Rod Blagojevich from moving 140 state jobs to southern Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.     Three state legislators and Springfield city officials have filed a lawsuit to keep Governor Rod Blagojevich from moving 140 state jobs to southern Illinois. The lawsuit in Sangamon County Circuit Court seeks to bar Blagojevich from buying a Harrisburg building because the attorney general hasn’t approved as state law requires. There likely will be a court hearing next week. A Blagojevich spokesman says "the law is on our side," and the move will proceed. Blagojevich plans to move 140 employees of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s traffic-safety division out of the capital city to save money and help the southern Illinois economy. ______ Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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