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Congress has been meeting in the U.S. Capitol this week to discuss last-minute funding plans. If politicians can’t reach a deal by Saturday night, a government shutdown would ripple across the country.

Andrew Harnik

U.S. Capitol Building

Congress has been meeting in the U.S. Capitol this week to discuss last-minute funding plans. If politicians can’t reach a deal by Saturday night, a government shutdown would ripple across the country.

Andrew Harnik

‘This puts me in panic mode’: How a government shutdown could impact Illinois

As government shutdown looms, those relying on food and child care assistance would be majorly affected.

Congress has been meeting in the U.S. Capitol this week to discuss last-minute funding plans. If politicians can’t reach a deal by Saturday night, a government shutdown would ripple across the country.

Andrew Harnik

   

If the government shuts down, over 42,000 Illinois federal workers could have their paychecks impacted – some halting work and others having to work without pay until funding comes through. Additionally, many governmental programs that people rely on – like food stamps and child care assistance – also hang in the balance.

Reset finds out more on what a shutdown would mean for some Chicagoans.

GUESTS: Kellie O’Connell, CEO of Nourishing Hope, a Chicago food pantry

Mawa Iqbal, WBEZ statehouse reporter

Tamisha Holifield, parent who uses Head Start and WIC programs

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