Local agencies hard hit by government shutdown

By WEEK Producer

Local agencies hard hit by government shutdown

October 2, 2013 Updated Oct 2, 2013 at 9:55 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Republicans are proposing deals to reopen parts of the government, but Democrats demand the entire shutdown be ended and ObamaCare be left alone.

In Central Illinois the effects of the shutdown are already being seen with the closing of several local agencies.

The Illinois Air National Guard in Peoria is took a hit Tuesday.

More than 200 members of the 182nd Airlift Wing have been placed on furlough due to the shutdown.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Steve Thomas, only essential staff are to report. Approximately 90 active duty personnel are on the base.

Thomas said they are asking for exemptions for 80 of those furloughed, so that they can complete all their missions and some training.

Meanwhile, the federal courthouse in downtown Peoria is continuing business as usual, but that might change if no movement by lawmakers is made in ten days.

"At that point we would have to make a designation on who are essential employees and who aren't,” said Chief Judge James Shadid, U.S. Central District Court. “In our district, we've already worked with a bare bones budget. I would think that mostly everyone could be designated essential, which means we could keep operating."

Other agencies are closing down altogether. The USDA Ag Lab on University Street in Peoria is closed. That closure affects more than 200 employees. Officials said they are working with a very limited crew.

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