WBEZ | government shutdown http://www.wbez.org/tags/government-shutdown Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en When is a government shutdown not a shutdown? http://www.wbez.org/news/when-government-shutdown-not-shutdown-112350 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/illinoislegislature.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Thursday technically marks day nine of the Illinois state government not having a budget. But unlike a federal government shutdown, you might not have seen consequences yet.</p><p>Your trains are still running &mdash; hopefully they&rsquo;ve been on time.</p><p>The prisons are still accepting inmates and paying to feed them.</p><p>If you get a paycheck, you&rsquo;re still paying state taxes.</p><p>So, just what does this shutdown even look like?</p><p>&ldquo;The word shutdown is a bit of a misnomer,&rdquo; said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Institute at Southern Illinois University. &ldquo;I think this is gonna be more of a slow strangulation.&rdquo;</p><p>Yepsen said the doors to government buildings haven&rsquo;t been padlocked, yet, which could limit how much, or how often, any given Illinois resident is confronted with the absence of a budget for state government operations.</p><p>&ldquo;Government, oftentimes, doesn&rsquo;t affect a lot of people directly,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>But Yepsen cautions that the longer the impasse, the more likely you, or someone you know, will see the impact.</p><p>&ldquo;If people with mental health problems all of a sudden aren&rsquo;t getting treated, that starts to have real consequences in society,&rdquo; Yepsen said.</p><p>In any other year, Illinois state government would be sending money to mental health providers right now. Without a budget, those contracts haven&rsquo;t materialized; meaning there&rsquo;s no guarantee finances are coming. For instance, Heather O&rsquo;Donnell, with Thresholds, one of the largest mental health providers in Chicago, said one $800,000 state contract for psychiatrists is in limbo.</p><p>&ldquo;The longer that we go without a budget then the average person will start to feel it or see it,&rdquo; O&rsquo;Donnell said.</p><p>Thresholds is a larger operation compared to other mental health providers in the area, and as a result, O&rsquo;Donnell said it may be able to wait out the political impasse longer than smaller organizations that may have to start turning patients away.</p><p>&ldquo;You wouldn&rsquo;t withdraw cancer treatment from somebody who has breast cancer but you&rsquo;re going to pull mental health treatment for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder?&rdquo; she said.</p><p>Thresholds and other human service providers that care for people in need, like kids with autism or adults with disabilities, are operating in an gray area while this political stalemate continues. Their uncertainty doesn&rsquo;t seem to be preventing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner from giving ultimatums to Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, or Madigan from acknowledging some of Rauner&rsquo;s proposals.</p><p>But rhetoric aside, there&rsquo;s also the question of accountability when services usually provided by the state government don&rsquo;t materialize.</p><p>State funding of mental health has been cut in the past several years. When those reductions happened, there was little, if any, political retribution for those who voted in favor of those cuts.</p><p>Yepsen&#39;s done polling - it shows Illinois residents do want to see cuts, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean there&rsquo;s motivation to end the political impasse yet. Because those same people who want to see cuts don&rsquo;t like the options of choosing to cut either education, prisons, natural resources or social services.</p><p>According to Yepsen, some residents are becoming more comfortable with increasing taxes. Though, he adds, the political motivation to end the stalemate may not exist until even more pain is felt by more people &mdash; say, when tens of thousands of state employees aren&rsquo;t paid their salaries in the coming weeks, or when human services close completely.</p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow him </em><a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold"><em>@tonyjarnold</em></a><em>.</em></p></p> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 08:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/when-government-shutdown-not-shutdown-112350 Morning Shift: Who’s most affected by a state budget impasse? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-29/morning-shift-who%E2%80%99s-most-affected-state-budget-impasse-112276 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GotCredit.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/212508711&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Who&rsquo;s most affected by a state budget impasse?</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">After weeks of back and forth in Springfield, Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers are edging up to the July 1 deadline in their struggle to pass a state budget. The Governor has vetoed most of the Democratic legislature&#39;s proposed plan. As he continues to stand his ground on cutting the flow of state money for many services from childcare to reducing tax credits for companies, a shutdown is a real threat if no decision is made by the end of the day Tuesday. We get a primer on what a state shutdown would look like with WBEZ state politics reporter Tony Arnold, and hear from two Chicago-based service groups that face a range of service cuts under Rauner&#39;s proposed plan. Joining us with their concerns are Debra Vines of autism support group <a href="http://www.theanswerinc.org/contact-us.html">The Answer Inc</a>., and Amber Smock, Director of Advocacy for <a href="https://www.accessliving.org/">Access Living</a> an organization that works for disabled people&#39;s rights.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold">Tony Arnold </a>is a WBEZ reporter.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em>Debra Vines is the Executive Director of <a href="http://www.theanswerinc.org/">The Answer Inc.</a></em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em>Amber Smock is the Director of Advocacy for <a href="https://twitter.com/AccessLiving">Access Living.</a></em></p></p> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-29/morning-shift-who%E2%80%99s-most-affected-state-budget-impasse-112276 Psychology, the government shutdown, and you http://www.wbez.org/news/psychology-government-shutdown-and-you-108921 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/flickr_rpongsaj_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><br />With the government partially shut down and no end to the debt ceiling debate in site, Americans might find themselves feeling less than stellar about the dysfunction in Washington, D.C.</p><p>A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal <a href="http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Sections/A_Politics/_Today_Stories_Teases/Oct_poll.pdf" target="_blank">poll</a> found 60 percent of Americans might jump at the chance to fire every single member of Congress.</p><p>Whether it&#39;s anxiety or anger, political psychologists say how you respond to political news just a few milliseconds after hearing it could impact your actions long after.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s Alex Keefe devised a little experiment to demonstrate how thoughts and feelings unfold during times of political crisis.</p></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/psychology-government-shutdown-and-you-108921 Morning Shift and Front and Center: The role of government in your life http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-15/morning-shift-and-front-and-center-role-government-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Flickr by humbertomoreno_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The ongoing shutdown of the federal government is bringing relevance to the question of the role of government. We talk to experts on the Constitution to discuss all side of the issue, and take a deeper dive into how the debt ceiling deadline will effect the economy. (Photo: Flickr/humbertomoreno)</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-role-of-government/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-role-of-government.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-role-of-government" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift and Front and Center: The role of government in your life" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-15/morning-shift-and-front-and-center-role-government-0 Morning Shift: A local look at the government shutdown http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-14/morning-shift-local-look-government-shutdown-108909 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Flickr The National Guard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth tells us how the government shutdown is affecting small businesses and local organizations like the Greater Chicago Food Depository . We also take a look back and reflect on the &quot;Bartman Game&quot; a decade later.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-39/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-39.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-39" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: A local look at the government shutdown" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-14/morning-shift-local-look-government-shutdown-108909 Emanuel blasts 'wrong-headed' GOP leaders over shutdown http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-blasts-wrong-headed-gop-leaders-over-shutdown-108837 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/RS565_By Bill Healy - 4-16-11 - Rahm Inauguration 0027-scr_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-795452fc-7e86-f80d-0ff1-1f64e11810b6">Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday blasted Congressional Republicans for their &ldquo;wrong-headed&rdquo; budget brinksmanship he said led to a partial government shutdown, while maintaining that city services are still immune to the impasse in Washington.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s time for the Republican leaders in Congress to step up, provide leadership and tell a small minority in their party to stop trying to hold the country hostage to their ideology,&rdquo; Emanuel told reporters at an unrelated press conference on Wednesday.</p><p dir="ltr">As the first federal shutdown in nearly 18 years entered its second day, Emanuel said city services are still unaffected by the shutdown, which has caused thousands of Chicago-area federal workers to be sent home without pay.</p><p dir="ltr">But if the shutdown persists, the city&rsquo;s immunity could wear off, Emanuel said. He pointed to <a href="http://www.mowaa.org/">Meals on Wheels</a>, a program that delivers food to home-bound senior citizens.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;That&rsquo;s a federally-funded program, administered locally. It will have an impact, both on the people that provide it, [and] the people that rely on it,&rdquo; Emanuel said. &ldquo;And it&rsquo;s wrong. It&rsquo;s foolish. It&rsquo;s preventable.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Joyce Gallagher, who heads the city&rsquo;s Senior Services Area Agency on Aging, said there have been no impacts on the meals program yet, and she did not anticipate any down the road. The mayor&rsquo;s office didn&rsquo;t immediately respond to a request for clarification.</p><p dir="ltr">Though Emanuel wouldn&rsquo;t name names, the mayor said he has been talking with leaders he knows in Washington, D.C. from his years as a Democratic Congressman.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The ones I&rsquo;ve talked to are fully conscious this is a wrong-headed strategy,&rdquo; he said.</p><p dir="ltr">He also defended President Barack Obama&rsquo;s handling of the shutdown, suggesting that it&rsquo;s time for the GOP to drop its at-any-cost opposition to the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called &ldquo;Obamacare.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The election was a referendum. Elections have consequences. The American people have spoken, he has gotten re-elected, and he&rsquo;s being very reasonable about a way to move forward. They are being unreasonable and irresponsible and reckless.&rdquo;</p><p>House Republicans have blamed Senate Democrats and the White House for refusing to accept any of their proposed changes to the president&rsquo;s signature health care law.</p><p><em>Al Keefe covers politics for WBEZ. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/akeefe">@akeefe</a></em></p></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-blasts-wrong-headed-gop-leaders-over-shutdown-108837 Morning Shift: Government shuts down as 'Obamacare' starts up http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-01/morning-shift-government-shuts-down-obamacare-starts <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/capitol Flickr - Phil Roeder_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>With a government shut-down looming, we discuss how it affects government agencies as well as the general public. Bruce Japsen explains the ins and outs of the Obamacare marketplace exchanges that are launching, and the Rhythm of Rajasthan perform. (Photo: Flickr/Phil Roeder)</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-government-shuts-down-obamacare-star/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-government-shuts-down-obamacare-star.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-government-shuts-down-obamacare-star" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Government shuts down as 'Obamacare' starts up" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 10:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-01/morning-shift-government-shuts-down-obamacare-starts Cost of FAA shutdown could exceed $1 billion http://www.wbez.org/story/cost-faa-shutdown-could-exceed-1-billion-89975 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-02/AP11072815528.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The congressional standoff that has shut down&nbsp;the Federal Aviation Administration continues, with no end in sight&nbsp;until September if the Senate doesn't act this week.</p><p>Lawmakers risk losing more than $1 billion in revenue from&nbsp;ticket taxes that the airline collects. The authority to collect&nbsp;those taxes has expired. House Republicans say the sticking point&nbsp;is their demand that the Senate cut $16.5 million from a $200 million budget for rural air service subsidies.&nbsp;</p><p>The shutdown is less than two weeks old and already the&nbsp;government has lost more than $250 million in revenue.</p><p>The House has left for its August recess. The Senate is expected&nbsp;to follow this week. Lost revenue from uncollected airline ticket&nbsp;taxes could exceed $1.2 billion before lawmakers return to work in&nbsp;September.</p></p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 15:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cost-faa-shutdown-could-exceed-1-billion-89975 Why don't other countries run the risk of a government shutdown? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-11/why-dont-other-countries-run-risk-government-shutdown-85027 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-11/closed-for-businessII.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Americans might view a government shutdown due to budget disagreements as a universal problem, but in a recent article for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.foreignpolicy.com/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><em>Foreign Policy</em></a>&nbsp;magazine entitled&nbsp;"<a href="http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/07/why_don_t_other_countries_have_government_shutdowns?page=0,1" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Why Don’t Other Countries Have Government Shutdowns?</a>", &nbsp;Joshua Keating says that it's a uniquely American democratic tradition.&nbsp;</p><p>The U.S. avoided a government shutdown when Congress struck a budget deal Friday night. If a shutdown had taken place, hundreds of thousands of federal employees would have been furloughed and myriad services we depend on would have been brought to a halt.</p><p>But even in the United States, the concept of a government shutdown is a relatively recent phenomenon.&nbsp; Although it was proposed and passed as part of the&nbsp;Anti-deficiency act of 1884, but was not put into action until almost hundred years later.</p><p>In 1980, Attorney General Benjamin R. Civiletti of the Carter Administration filed an opinion that made government shutdowns during budget disagreements a reality. It was that year when the first shutdown occurred.&nbsp; Previously, during funding gap periods, agencies would simply keep operating.&nbsp; Since 1980, the U.S. has had five government shutdowns, though only two have affected government workers.</p><p>Keating pointed out that the act of shutting down the government has made the United States an outlier among nations.&nbsp; In parliamentary democracies, for instance, if the legislative body is locked in disagreement, there often is a vote of no confidence and a new election is called.&nbsp; Nations such as Belgium are still managing to pass budgets through a caretaker government, despite legislative gridlock.&nbsp; "With a presidential system we don’t have a mechanism like that", Keating said.</p><p>Government shutdowns are not even common in other presidential systems, as is the case throughout much of Latin America.&nbsp; Keating argues that the contentious nature of the American two-party political system has turned the threat of a government shutdown into a negotiating tactic - a worst-case scenario that is used to push sides into eventually finding a compromise.</p><p>As a result, Keating cautioned that this is probably not the last time we'll see this threat in the United States, but that this threat is especially dangerous as the government becomes more involved in providing human services, such as health care. "I would expect this is just a preview of the kind of deadlock we can expect over the next few years," he said. "[This is] one aspect of us democracy we probably shouldn’t be exporting."</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-11/why-dont-other-countries-run-risk-government-shutdown-85027 Deal follows weeks of frustration for federal employees in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/story/dick-durbin/deal-follows-weeks-frustration-federal-employees-illinois-84980 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-09/Durbin and Kirk_Getty Images.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Both U.S. senators from Illinois said they support a spending deal reached late Friday night to avoid a government shutdown. If finalized, this agreement would wrap up weeks of uncertainty for federal employees, including those who work in the Chicago area.<br> <br> On Friday evening before the deal was struck, William Middendorf left work in federal plaza downtown. Middendorf was clearly frustrated with the last-minute spending debate going on in Washington.<br> <br> "Of course, it was a distraction. But, I mean, you knew it was coming - so everybody was working hard, we were working very hard, and extra time just to get stuff done," Middendorf said. "Because we were trying to get stuff done because that's what we are. We're public servants. And people laugh at us for saying that, but we are. We're not the bureaucrats. That's Congress."<br> <br> Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Republican, seemed to share some of that frustration. Last night he called the process "overly dramatic."<br> <br> Both Kirk and Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said they support the budget deal. In a statement, Durbin called the spending cuts "painful," while adding that more work remains to address the country's long-term debt.</p><p><em>The Associated Press contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Sat, 09 Apr 2011 13:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/dick-durbin/deal-follows-weeks-frustration-federal-employees-illinois-84980