Effects of the federal government shutdown are being felt in Illinois, according to Gov. Pat Quinn. Quinn says a few employees whose positions depended on federal grants have already been laid off. “We do not want to make any more layoffs,” Quinn said, “I would ask the Republican members of the House of Representatives-Congressmen from our state of Illinois-to use their common sense and end the nonsense.”
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State agencies that rely on federal cash have enough money in reserves to get by for a few weeks. The last shutdown in 1995-96 resulted in more than 1,200 employees being temporarily laid off.