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Stimulus anniversary: Illinois job growth lags

Tribune staff report | On the one-year anniversary of the federal stimulus package, President Barack Obama defended his plan and accused Republicans of scoffing at the stimulus while enjoying its benefits.

“There are those, let’s face it, across the aisle who have tried to score political points by attacking what we did, even as many of them show up at ribbon-cutting ceremonies for projects in their districts,” Obama said, according to a Reuters report.

In Illinois, some jobs have been created. According to, the
official Web site tracking the stimulus spending, about 11,280 Illinois
jobs were saved or created from February 2009 to September 2009.
Illinois received about $7.75 billion in funds from the stimulus package
during the past year.

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