Skip to comments.Short-term shutdown will have little effect in Illinois, officials say
Posted on 09/30/2013 10:13:12 PM PDT by Qbert
Most Chicagoans won't notice a short-term federal government shutdown, but the effects could start to be felt by some if the stalemate lingers a few weeks, officials from Springfield to City Hall to college campuses indicated Monday.
That's because most agencies can get by for a few weeks without federal dollars by tapping into reserves.
Cook County hospitals still will accept patients, college students will get financial aid and the state won't stop processing unemployment checks or child support payments.
Here's a look at some of the potential effects after Congress failed to reach an agreement before Tuesday's new federal budget year:
Cook County officials say a shutdown would not affect programs such as the Medicaid health care program for the poor, so hospitals and clinics will remain open to treat patients.
Furloughs of Transportation Security Administration workers aren't expected to be significant, with all but about 4,000 of the more than 59,000 employees expected to be kept on. Air traffic controllers and equipment technicians will continue to report to work and delays are not expected, officials said...
A government shutdown would have a minimal effect initially. Campus-based scientists and researchers whose projects are funded by federal grants could continue their work, but the government would not make any decision on pending grant applications or awards.
For the 14 million students who rely on federal grants and loans, a U.S. Department of Education contingency plan states that they "could continue as normal."
A shutdown is not expected to have any immediate impact on home mortgage lending even though the federal government backs almost 90 percent of mortgages. That's because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, while overseen by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, remain privately held companies.
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They threw a shutdown, and nobody noticed...
If the Ill State is unaffected, we are LOST!
And this is in a state that isn’t in the best financial shape. Consider the situation in states that actually have a budget surplus.
Shutdown won’t hurt here in Illinois. Graft never takes a holiday.
It sounds like they expect the weekend shootings to continue.
Once again it's “Congress” who failed to reach an agreement.
Congress did not fail, it was the greedy demodummie Senate. The Senate had the chance to “compromise” but rejected ANYTHING that went against their wishes.