Quinn Says More Layoffs Possible with Shutdown

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says if the federal government shutdown continues more state workers will be laid off whose paychecks come from federal funding.

Illinois has already issued nearly 100 such temporary layoffs. They include employees with the state Department of Military Fairs, economic analysts at the Illinois Department of Employment Security and employees with the Labor Department who handle workplace safety inspections.

Quinn sent U.S. House Speaker John Boehner a letter Monday, urging an end to the shutdown.

Quinn told reporters on Monday that whether you're a Republican or Democrat that it's a "severe blow" to the economy of Illinois.

The last time there was a federal government shutdown in 1995, the state issued roughly 1,200 temporary layoffs. Everyone was eventually rehired.


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