Government Shutdown Impacts Illinois



Congress failed to pass an emergency spending bill by the midnight deadline in Washington, and "nonessential" workers will face furloughs and temporary layoffs due to a government shutdown beginning Tuesday.

A budget director for Gov. Pat Quinn says employees paid by federal funds could face temporary layoffs as early as Wednesday.
 
During the last shutdown in 1995, about 1,200 Illinois employees were temporarily laid off. They were hired back after two weeks. 
 
The budget office had no estimates for how many employees would be affected this time around when asked yesterday. Agencies that could be affected include the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs.
 
Officials say most state agencies have sufficient funds to provide services in the short term, but a longer term shutdown would have a greater impact.
 
The government shutdown could affect thousands of workers at the Scott Air Force Base.
 
A spokeswoman says the partial shutdown could mean up to two-thirds of the base's 5,000 civilian workers will be furloughed. They wouldn't receive pay as long as the shutdown persists.
 
The remaining one-third of the civilian employees on the base would be exempt.

The Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge is expected to close early Tuesday. Workers will be there for four hours before they leave.

The VA Hospital and Federal Prison in Marion along with the Shawnee National Forest are expected to operate normally.

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