CHICAGO
04/09/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Quinn Wants $25 Billion State Stimulus Program, No Talk Of Funding

Gov. Pat Quinn has put a dollar figure on Illinois' homegrown effort to stimulate the economy.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to spend $25 billion on what he calls Illinois' own economic recovery investment program.

He adds he'd like to see it adopted by state lawmakers early next month.

The governor spoke to reporters Monday after a meeting in Chicago on how Illinois can secure part of $8 billion set aside in the federal stimulus bill for high-speed rail. The total amount of federal stimulus money is $787 billion.

Quinn says the state stimulus money would be spent on everything from rail to highway projects. But he otherwise offered few details, including what taxes might have to be raised to pay for the multibillion-dollar plan.