A group of 42 Illinois mayors, including Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, want Washington to come to a deal to raise the debt ceiling.
In a group letter, the mayors called on Illinois' Congressional delegation and President Obama to come together on a deal. They said the U.S. defaulting on its debts, as it will do Aug. 2 if the debt ceiling isn't raised, would cause "grave damage" to Illinois cities.
In part, the mayors' letter reads:
Our businesses depend on us to provide infrastructure to allow them to move their goods and services. However, we cannot provide all of these on our own; we rely on federal programs such as the Community Development Block Grant, Community Oriented Policing Programs, and Federal Transportation subsidies to help provide these much needed services. Our seniors rely on Social Security to make ends meet. As we listen to the discussion in Washington surrounding the debt ceiling crisis, we fear that all of this is in jeopardy.
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