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Illinois looking at more budget cuts

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**CORRECTS LOCATION TO SPRINGFIELD, NOT CHICAGO** Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office during inaugural ceremonies Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 in Springfield.  (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman **CORRECTS LOCATION TO SPRINGFIELD, NOT CHICAGO** Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office during inaugural ceremonies Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 in Springfield. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is thinking about imposing sudden budget cuts on state agencies.  

The governor's budget office on Friday ordered agencies to submit information on the impact of cutting 1 percent, or roughly $250 million.  

The amount is relatively small, but it comes when the budget year is almost over and agencies have spent most of their money. Cutting that much in the remaining 10 weeks could mean disrupting services.  

Quinn budget director David Vaught says agencies must provide their reports next Wednesday. The governor would decide within a week or so whether to make the cuts. 

Vaught says the potential cuts are a response to cash-flow problems and lawmakers not taking action on a Quinn plan to pay old bills by borrowing.  

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