Some of the Media Releases During the Shutdown

Channel 2 CBS

Federal Workers Protest Possible Government Shutdown, September 30, 2013 2:43 PM http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/09/30/federal-workers-demonstrate-against-possible-government-shutdown/

CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — About six dozen federal workers demonstrated in the Loop this afternoon against a possible government shutdown.

Local Impact Of Federal Government Shutdown, October 1, 2013 5:52 AM http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/10/01/local-impact-of-federal-government-shutdown/

Federal Employees Grateful To Work Again, But Leery Of Congress CBS Channel 2 Chicago October 17, 2013 http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/10/17/with-damage-done-federal-employees-grateful-to-work-again/

Channel 5 NBC

Officials: Chicago Area Won’t Feel Short-Term Shutdown By Emily Florez and Alexandria Fisher  Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013  |  Updated 8:52 AM CDT http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Officials-Chicago-Area-Wont-Feel-Short-Term-Shutdown-225947151.html

Furloughed Chicago Couple Feel Like “Political Pawns” 30-year EPA veterans forced to stay at home   Thursday, Oct 3, 2013  |  Updated 1:16 PM CDT http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Furloughed-Chicago-Couple-Feel-Like-Political-Pawns-226240691.html

National Public Radio

Preparing For Shutdown, Government Plans Furloughs by The Associated Press September 27, 2013 5:29 PM http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=226716045

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a third of federal workers would be told to stay home if the government shuts down, forcing the closure of national parks from California to Maine and all the Smithsonian museums. Low-to-moderate income borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays.

Economic impact of a government shutdown NPR Afternoon Shift, September 30, 2013 https://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/government-shutdown

With a government shutdown looming and possibly more than a one million federal workers about to be laid off, what’s the economic impact? Are you concerned about how this will affect the economy? John O’Grady is the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 704. Bob Johnson is the Director of Economic Analysis at Morningstar Inc. Photo credit: flickr / BTC world news

Economists Say Shutdown Will Hurt, But Hard To Add It Up by October 01, 2013 5:14 AM http://www.npr.org/2013/09/30/227889703/economists-say-shutdown-will-hurt-but-hard-to-add-it-up

During Shutdown, EPA Office Finds Old Soup In Office Fridge October 18, 2013 7:12 AM http://www.npr.org/2013/10/18/236797850/during-shutdown-epa-office-finds-old-soup-in-office-fridge

Even after sending home nearly all its staff during the shutdown, the Chicago office of the Environmental Protection Agency managed to detect a potentially toxic substance. A 16-year-old can of Campbell’s soup was discovered in a refrigerator there. Continue reading “Some of the Media Releases During the Shutdown”

With Federal Wallet Closed, States Agonize Over Opening Their Own

With Federal Wallet Closed, States Agonize Over Opening Their Own

Craig Kohlruss/The Fresno Bee, via Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown of California said the state would not intervene to keep its vast network of national parks open to the public.

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Published: October 4, 2013

LOS ANGELES – With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, governors across the nation are struggling with a cascade of tough decisions about when and whether to step in with state funds to keep an ever-growing list of shuttered parks and programs

Gov. Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota has pleaded, so far unsuccessfully, for permission to use state funds to keep open the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which tourists photographed this week from outside the entrance. Continue reading “With Federal Wallet Closed, States Agonize Over Opening Their Own”

Government shutdown ruins vacations, hurts local economies

Government shutdown ruins vacations, hurts local economies

 

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Stop at a cafe in the remote stretches of northern Arizona and southern Utah in the fall, and you’re likely to hear a mix of languages as tourists from around the world step into the iconic western landscape, marked by breathtaking canyons and massive rock formations.

Millions of visitors tour the region each year for what can be once-in-a-lifetime vacations.

Those visitors didn’t stop with the government shutdown, which forced officials to close down roads, campgrounds and tourist centers at national parks dotting the landscape.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has offered to use state money to keep the Grand Canyon open, and several businesses made similar pledges — all of which have been politely rejected by the national park. Continue reading “Government shutdown ruins vacations, hurts local economies”

Furloughed federal workers begin filing for unemployment checks in DC, Maryland, Virginia

Furloughed federal workers begin filing for unemployment checks in DC, Maryland, Virginia

By Associated Press, Published: October 2

WASHINGTON — Federal workers who are furloughed because of the government shutdown began filing for unemployment benefits almost immediately this week, uncertain about when they would be able to return to work.

Employment agencies in the District of Columbia and Maryland said Wednesday that they have already seen an increase in online applications for benefits. Virginia is requiring federal workers to fill out a special paper application to mail to Richmond.

Workers must be out of work for at least a week before they are eligible to receive benefits in D.C. and Virginia. There is no waiting period to receive benefits in Maryland. Continue reading “Furloughed federal workers begin filing for unemployment checks in DC, Maryland, Virginia”