House fixes legislation that held up construction

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. 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.

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