Local Governments, Charities Brainstorm Ways To Help Furloughed Workers

Members of the American Federation of Government Employees protest outside the Birch Bayh Federal building in Indianapolis. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Members of the American Federation of Government Employees protest outside the Birch Bayh Federal building in Indianapolis. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Members of the American Federation of Government Employees protest outside the Birch Bayh Federal building in Indianapolis. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Members of the American Federation of Government Employees protest outside the Birch Bayh Federal building in Indianapolis. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Local Governments, Charities Brainstorm Ways To Help Furloughed Workers

It’s Day 26 of the partial government shutdown, and Morning Shift has been taking a look at how it is impacting people across Illinois. And as furloughed workers continue to feel the strain of the shutdown, local governments, organizations and charities are stepping up to help them make ends meet. Morning Shift checks in with WBEZ reporter Michael Puente and Chicago Tribune’s Robert Channick about which local municipalities and businesses are extending a hand to furloughed federal employees. We also hear from some of the groups on how they’re doing their part during the shutdown.

GUESTS: Michael Puente, WBEZ reporter (STUDIO)

Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune reporter

Kellie O’Connell, CEO of Lakeview Pantry

Background:

Chicago businesses step up to help furloughed federal workers, offering food, temp jobs (Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Restaurant Offers Free Lunch To Furloughed Federal Workers (Forbes)