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Local Impact of Federal Government Shutdown

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How will the government shutdown affect you here in the Region?  It might not be obvious at first, but if you've got business with the federal government, there's a good chance you will notice. Many agency websites will go down, call centers won't open. Thousands of government workers who handle applications will be ordered to stay home. And no one who reports for work will be paid until or unless Congress appropriates money for their agencies' operations. 
National Parks are also closed, and that includes Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore here in northwest Indiana.  National Lakeshore Public Information Officer Bruce Rowe told us earlier a government shutdown would impact them in a number of ways. "All our visitor facilities, all our services, like the Dunewood Campground, our beach areas, our trails, would all close," Rowe said. "and visitors would not be allowed to use them.  Folks who are in the Dunewood Campground would be given 48 hours to vacate, so the National Park would not be available to the public."  Rowe says the length of the shutdown itself would determine how long it would take to reopen facilities and services. 
Region homebuyers are expected to face delays in the face of the government shutdown as paperwork goes on hold, with lenders being unable to verify certain information with the federal government, like Social Security numbers. Meanwhile, investors in the US have been calling their advisors about the impact of the federal government shutdown.


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