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Updated: April 4, 2013 6:41AM



Illinois medical research institutions stand to lose more than $38 million in federal funding and will be forced to cut more than 700 jobs because of the sequestration budget cuts set to go into effect Friday, according to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

“Sequestration will pull the rug out from under the doctors and scientists whose hard work and innovation have made America a leader in bio-medical research,” Durbin said. “Those cuts don’t make sense — for Illinois or for our nation.”

These cuts risk “forfeiting our nation’s competitive advantage in science,” said Nancy Sullivan, executive director of the office of technology Management at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Durbin said the cuts will also hit other parts of the Illinois economy, resulting in thousands of children not getting vaccinations, reduced airline schedules due to layoffs of air traffic controllers, and cuts to the Head Start early education program.

“Many thousands of children in our state will be literally turned away because of this,” he said.

“This sequestration is a manufactured crisis,” Durbin said.”There are natural crises and acts of God which we cannot change. This is a political creation, and it’s one that never ever should have happened.”



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