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10,000 State Employees Could Lose Jobs: Quinn Administration

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CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) -- About 10,000 state employees could lose their jobs unless lawmakers come up with a new budget.

That's the number Gov. Pat Quinn's administration is talking about as officials try to pressure lawmakers to pass an income tax increase to prevent billions of dollars in service cuts.

To highlight these possible cuts, Quinn is scheduled to appear Tuesday at a Chicago apartment building that allows senior citizens to stay in their homes instead of going to a nursing home. It's one of the services Quinn says will have to be cut without more money.

Quinn and legislative leaders are negotiating over an alternative budget. The governor wants lawmakers to pack their bags and get ready to be back in Springfield next week.

Quinn's office estimates the budget lawmakers approved has a $9.2 billion hole in it.

-ASSOCIATED PRESS

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