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Government Shutdown - Quad City Impact


We've been checking on how the partial government shutdown is directly affecting people in the Quad Cities and here is what we've learned do far:

More than 2,500 people working on the Rock Island Arsenal have been furloughed. A spokesman says the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center is still up and running. Factory workers are reporting for normal shifts because they had earlier appropriations for their work. They will continue production until the money runs out.

The Army says the arsenal's safety office is down in staff and health services are also reduced. The education office is also impacted and tuition assistance is suspended until further notice.

We've learned that the federal courthouse in Davenport will be open for business, for now. Officials say they have reserve funds, but only enough to cover 10 business days. If the shutdown continues after that, officials will have to reevaluate the situation. 

The Iowa National Guard is being impacted by the shutdown. Officials say 40 people have been furloughed and operations are greatly reduced.

The Illinois National Guard sent 1,300 civilian military technicians home at noon Tuesday, Oct. 1  Many members will be furloughed. The guard says 1,000 active reserve members are still working. They are considered active duty military and are being paid during the shutdown. Another 230 state employees for military affairs are also not impacted.

 At the Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge in Wapello, Iowa, they are shutting down the park. People will not be allowed to use the boat ramps. One essential employee will stay on, six non essential workers at the park will be furloughed. 

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