Ill. governor warns of layoffs at local agencies -

Ill. governor warns of layoffs at local agencies

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Without a new state budget, thousands of people could be laid off at local agencies that deliver such services as home care for the elderly and treatment for drug addiction.

State government pays local groups to provide a wide array of services. But the budget that lawmakers approved Sunday night would require slashing those payments.

Gov. said Monday that the state will start sending notices this week that local agencies could lose much of their state funding.

Quinn and top lawmakers began meeting Monday to negotiate a new budget that would restore some of that money.

The governor said he hopes they succeed by July 1 or else the service cuts will start taking effect.

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