by Melissa Nann Burke, The Detroit News

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)

Outgoing Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has rebuffed an offer of $8 million by Michigan to help support a planned waterway project to block the invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

Rauner, a Republican, said in a letter this month to term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder that Michigan’s offer of $8 million to support operations and maintenance at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Lake Michigan “isn’t of much use” until after the improvement project there is completed in 10 years.

“In that context, the Michigan offer lacks the true sense of urgency required to protect the Great Lakes for the next decade,” Rauner said in a statement.

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