The governor says the federal needy families emergency contingency fund expires on Thursday. That fund supports Put Illinois to Work, a program Quinn says has helped employ more than 26,000 people since in began in April.
"One of the best ways to help the most people is a J-O-B, a good job. And we understand it's the best way to fight crime. It's the best way to fight poverty. It's the best way to keep families together. And we believe in the self-esteem that people have when they have work, the dignity of work," said Quinn.
Quinn, speaking at a Northwest Side business, urged Congress to quickly extend the contingency fund, and help employ thousands of Illinois residents.