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Shutdown impacting state employees, farmers

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Quinn says more layoffs could be on the way if the government shutdown continues.
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Quinn says more layoffs could be on the way if the government shutdown continues. The state has already issued nearly 100 temporary layoff notices.

Tens of thousands of employees in Illinois have also been forced to stay home without pay, including workers at the state National Guard Headquarters. Quinn sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner Monday, asking for an end to the shutdown.

Farmers are also waiting on the Federal Government to create a new farm bill. The current bill expired at the beginning of October. It covers several topics, including crop insurance and nutrition.

The Illinois Farm Bureau says if a new bill is not passed by January, we could be paying more for things like butter, milk and cheese.
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