Illinois' governor says federal budget impasse is 'dangerous'

April 7, 2011

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the current federal budget impasse is potentially "dangerous."

But he told reporters Thursday Illinois is ready for a federal government shutdown if Washington lawmakers don't strike a deal before tomorrow night's deadline. Quinn, a Democrat, singled out House Republicans for blocking an agreement.

"I commend the president for doing everything humanly possible, but we can not have a group in the House of Representatives in Washington holding the whole country - including Illlinois - up for grabs," Quinn said. "This is very dangerous."

Quinn said Illinois receives federal money for state programs on a daily basis. A federal government shutdown could affect everything from national forests to the Argonne National Laboratory. And the Illinois National Guard said it would begin deciding which staff members should still report to work.