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$1.4 Billion in Cuts, Says Quinn



    $1.4 Billion in Cuts, Says Quinn
    A stack of Gov. David Paterson's disputed budget bills rests in a hallway outside the Assembly after a counsel in the Assembly refused delivery at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Monday, June 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday that he's proposing $1.4 billion in cuts to the Illinois state budget, with more cuts possible.

    "I'm making tough budget choices in order to move our state forward," says Gov Pat Quinn. "We created 70 thousand jobs -- have a long, long way to go."

    Quinn said his goal is to protect government operations that help the economy or support critical services, including education, health care and public safety.

    "I want to preserve jobs - keep people working," said Quinn.

    The cuts total 5.3% of government spending.

    Budget cuts include:

    • $184 million to Healthcare and Human Services
    • $241 million to Education
    • $96 million to Higher Ed
    • $57 million to Public Safety

    Illinois is currently operating at a $13 billion defeicit, the largest in the state's history.