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Illinois mayors send stern letter on debt-limit debate

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- More than three dozen Illinois mayors have a stern warning for President Barack Obama and Congress: Resolve the debt-ceiling crisis or risk another recession.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 40 other city executives signed the letter Friday to Obama and the Illinois congressional delegation.

They say not agreeing on a debt-limit deal by a Tuesday deadline jeopardizes basic city services such as police and fire protection as well as ongoing attempts to create jobs.

The cities say federal policing and transportation subsidies could be affected and a U.S. default on debt would hurt stability in municipal bond markets. That would hurt cities' construction and job-creation projects.

They letter says: "We simply cannot handle another recession."

Mayors from Waukegan to Mascoutah (muh-SKOO'-tuh) signed the letter.

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