06/19/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mark Kirk Wants Stimulus Funds To Fight Illinois Corruption

Mark Kirk, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, has campaigned on his opposition to what he calls "Speaker Pelosi's trillion-dollar stimulus plan."

Now he's got a plan for some of that stimulus money: Kirk wants $25 million a year for more investigations into Illinois corruption, according to an Associated Press report.

From the story:

The congressman and U.S. Senate candidate says using the money in Illinois would be helpful because he says Illinois taxpayers pay a "corruption tax."

Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial starts this summer, and former Gov. George Ryan is serving time in a federal prison for corruption.

The announcement comes as Kirk moves to take the ethical high road on a separate issue. After the SEC announced that it is suing Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs for fraud, Kirk announced that he would return the more than $20,000 in contributions he has taken from Goldman employees this campaign cycle.