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Blagojevich favors ethanol research center expansion

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By AP / KWMU

Edwardsville, IL – Blagojevich has written a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy arguing against using federal money to build a new ethanol research plant.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the governor makes a case in the letter that the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center in Edwardsville should be upgraded instead.

The three-year-old research center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was built in part with $14 million in federal money.

Public and private groups use the center to test ethanol technology.

The governor says in the letter that a new plant would be redundant and a waste of money.

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