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Federal spending cuts could mean longer waits at O'Hare

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Recent federal spending cuts could affect your next vacation.

According to federal officials, some cuts will lead to an estimated 50 percent increase in wait times at O'Hare International Airport. Reduced overtime and furloughs for officers with Customs and Border Protection could mean two- to four-hour waits in times of high travel.

Other cuts will affect will reduce Federal Emergency Management Agency grants, including those that help firefighters. The Coast Guard will also be forced to cut maritime operations by approximately 26 percent on the state's rivers, affecting patrols of hazardous cargoes and state infrastructure.

The cuts were outlined in a letter sent to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn from the Department of Homeland Security.

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