Shutdown hurting Illinois’ military

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Federal employees and U.S. service members in Illinois are now scrambling to figure-out how they’ll pay their bills, thanks to the shutdown of the federal government.

About 1,300 Illinois National Guardsmen who work as mechanics, aviation technicians, and other jobs will lose their federal paychecks. Some of them risked their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It’s gonna be devastating if this lasts very much longer,” said Capt. Dustin Cammack of the Illinois National Guard.

Scott Air Force base in Shiloh will have to send 5,000 civilian employees home. Naval Station Great Lakes will also have to turn away up to 2,500 civil service workers.

At the federal building in downtown Chicago, one woman put it this way:

“I think that it’s unfair and they need to get it together.”

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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    • lkjhgf

      They are talking about the National Guard. They will only get paid when they drill 1 weekend a month. The jobs they are losing are the civilian jobs.

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