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Illinois unions, road builders pushing transportation lockbox amendment

For years, Illinois lawmakers and governors have turned to the state's road fund in times of financial distress, repeatedly using money drivers cough up at the pump and secretary of state's office to patch budget holes instead of repaving highways or repairing railways.

But that money pot soon could be declared off limits. Voters will see a question on the Nov. 8 ballot asking if the Illinois Constitution should be changed to prevent the state from raiding funds intended to be used on transportation projects.

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