SPRINGFIELD, Ill. --
The House has fixed legislation that prompted Governor Rod Blagojevich to halt ongoing construction projects earlier this week. The bill authorizes the governor to continue paying contractors on $30 million in projects that are under way. It also added $25 million for "emergencies" -- including this week's failure of the air conditioning system at the Executive Mansion.
In all, 39 projects were halted, including a $160,000 emergency roof repair of Lincoln's historic former law office in Springfield and a $5.5 million heating and cooling upgrade for the Michael Bilandic state office building in Chicago.
The legislation still needs Senate approval.