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Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley worries President-elect Donald Trump could use Chicago's status as a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants to cut off funding to the city.
Quigley addressed the issue on WLS-AM 890's "Connected to Chicago" show after host Bill Cameron asked whether he’s concerned about Trump trying to cut off the federal funding spigot to Chicago.
“The president-elect said he would cut off all federal funding to sanctuary cities — an extraordinary thing to say, particularly for someone who says the federal government should stay out of the local governing of states and cities,” Quigley said.
“Am I concerned about it from that point of view? Absolutely,” Quigley added. “In the final analysis, though, I think if the president wants to do what he talks about, for example with a big infrastructure package, he’s going to need support across the aisle. And if he says none for Chicago, he’s not going to get any support from anybody in Chicago, frankly in the Chicagoland area.”