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September 30, 2013

Illinois readies for potential federal shutdown



Employees of the Rock Island Arsenal in northwestern Illinois said employees were told to report to work Tuesday, but roughly 3,000 civilian employees of the 8,000 total could be furloughed, according to Dan Carlson, a spokesman for Army Sustainment Command at the arsenal.

State employees whose salaries are paid by federal funds — including those in Veterans' Affairs, Military Affairs and Illinois Emergency Management Agency — could see temporary layoffs as early as Wednesday if the shutdown proceeds, said Abdon Pallasch, Gov. Pat Quinn's assistant budget director.

His office had no estimates on how many employees would be affected. The last time there was a shutdown in 1995, the state issued roughly 1,200 temporary layoffs.

Meanwhile some workers worried about not getting paid. Alfredo Valentin, of Chicago, has worked at the Department of Housing and Urban Development for three decades.

"I have a family, bills, a mortgage," he said.

In the wake of a shutdown, all national parks would be closed, including the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, according to said Patty Rooney, a spokeswoman for the National Park Services' Midwest region.

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