State News
5:18 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Quinn: prolonged shutdown means more layoffs

Governor Pat Quinn says if the federal government shutdown continues, Illinois will have to lay off more workers whose paychecks come from federal funding.

Illinois has already had nearly 100 such temporary layoffs.

"Some of the jobs that we have in our state government are funded by the federal government. They deal with workplace safety, they deal with providing benefits to people who have disabilities, or who are very young -- children who need help with respect to food."

Quinn sent U.S. House Speaker John Boehner a letter Monday urging an end to the shutdown. He says regardless of whether one is a Republican or Democrat, it's a "severe blow" to the Illinois economy.

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