The partial shutdown of the federal government is expected to have only minimal impact on Illinois – at least for now.
Medical care, education, the courts, air traffic control, unemployment checks and most other vital government functions will continue as usual; but some civilian military workers may be sent home as early as today, or be forced to work and wait for their next paychecks.
Most federal agencies have enough cash in reserve to ride out the shutdown for a few weeks; but state employees who are paid with federal money may be furloughed as early as Wednesday.
About 1,200 state workers were affected by the last federal shutdown in 1995.
2,500 civil service employees at Naval Station Great Lakes have orders to report for work today, though many of them may be told to go back home again.
The Illinois National Guard is expected to idle 1,200 people.
Illinois’ only national historic site, the Lincoln Home in Springfield, is closed for the duration of the shutdown.