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Schakowsky denies earmarking stimulus grant

An aide to U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky has denied claims by her Republican challenger that she had a hand in directing a federal stimulus grant to benefit a union that supports her.

"Instead of running for public office, Joel Pollak ought to be applying for a job as a fiction writer," Schakowsky’s campaign manager Alex Armour says.

An aide to U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky has denied claims by her Republican challenger that she had a hand in directing a federal stimulus grant to benefit a union that supports her.

"Instead of running for public office, Joel Pollak ought to be applying for a job as a fiction writer," Schakowsky’s campaign manager Alex Armour says.

Pollak claimed Wednesday that a $2.5 million grant made last fall to Evanston-based Indie Energy Systems Co. LLC to install high-tech geothermal heat pumps at a union office in Countryside appeared to be a reward to the union, which Pollak described as the biggest contributor to Schakowsky’s campaign.

Armour said that Schakowsky "had nothing to do whatsoever with directing the stimulus money to specific projects."

He said that Schakowsky did support the overall stimulus bill and claimed that nationwide it will have created 3.5 million jobs by next month.

"Pollak’s statement is yet another indication that he wants to return to the failed economic policies of the Bush administration" that have cost 8 million Americans their jobs, Armour added.

But Pollak said he does favor supporting local businesses and said alternative energy research and development are a cornerstone of his economic policy.

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