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October 21, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Lincoln Home Among Shutdown Casualties; Federally-Funded Workers Go Without Paychecks

Hundreds of visitors could be turned away disappointed today from the Lincoln Home… just one of the federal facilities affected by the partial government shutdown that went into effect overnight. 


The Lincoln Home site superintendent says about 30 workers are being furloughed without pay… and the site’s visitors center and parking lot are closed because of the lack of a budget deal.  He says bus tours are common at the Home this time of year… but he’s been working to help those groups find other things to do in Springfield since the site is off-limits.


A budget director for Gov. Pat Quinn says as a result of  the federal government shutdown, Illinois employees paid by federal funds could face temporary layoffs as early as Wednesday. Assistant budget director Abdon Pallasch said those affected could include workers at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs.

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