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An Illinois government official says there are debt showdown consequences as lawmakers continue to negotiate in Washington.

Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka accused members of Congress on Sunday of playing a "game of chicken" with the finances of the state, the nation and American families.

She says there are "unknowns" as lawmakers try to come up with a deal to raise the federal government's debt level so it can keep paying its bills.

What wasn't immediately clear was what would happen in Illinois if there's not a deal between Congress and President Barack Obama by Tuesday's deadline.

Topinka points out in a press release that Illinois gets money from the federal government to pay for everything from construction projects and education to Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor.

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