PI Original Josh Kalven Thursday January 29th, 2009, 9:25am

Every IL Republican Votes Against House Stimulus Proposal

Over the past week, we provided a wealth of data on how the House version of the economic recovery package could aid Illinois -- in both dollars spent and individuals affected. You can argue over whether the various provisions do enough, but the fact is that the state stands ...

Over the past week, we provided a wealth of data on how the House version of the economic recovery package could aid Illinois -- in both dollars spent and individuals affected.  You can argue over whether the various provisions do enough, but the fact is that the state stands to see a great deal of relief and job creation as a result of the bill.  Yesterday, however, Illinois' GOP delegation joined every other Republican in the House in voting against the measure. 

The question now is whether they plan to do so when the final package emerges from the Senate.  In the meantime, the White House is going to hammer them:

Pushing back against the unanimous House Republican vote against President Obama’s stimulus plan, the White House plans to release state-by-state job figures “so we can put a number on what folks voted for an against,” an administration aide said.

Today, the Tribune reported that the Illinois Department of Employment Security is so inundated with calls from jobless residents that they're adding 216 phone lines this month.  Apparently, a great number of callers have been met with a busy signal.  Perhaps, rather than waiting to get through, these folks should call a Republican congressman instead.

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