Wirtz rained on Quinn's victory parade

Wirtz rained on Quinn's victory parade

Posted by Mike Riopell on Fri, 06/28/2013 - 10:15

Gov. Pat Quinn has declared today Blackhawks Day in Illinois to coincide with the team's victory parade in Chicago.

But just a couple years ago the team's owner, Rocky Wirtz, tried to upend Quinn's biggest accomplishment in office via a lawsuit that made it all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court.

The Wirtz lawsuit nearly blocked a massive, $31 billion construction program to build roads and schools with money from increased vehicle fees and liquor taxes. From our story at the time:

Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz challenged the state's huge construction program in court because one of the new taxes, on liquor, hit his Schaumburg-based distributor.

He argued the program was unconstitutional because of the way lawmakers approved it. Wirtz said the legislation was too wide-ranging to be legal.

Wirtz lost the suit, and Quinn has been handing out the money from that legislation as recently as this week.

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