Shutdown Affects Machesney Park Armory

By: Lauren Kravets
By: Lauren Kravets

STATELINE (WIFR) – President Obama called congressional leaders to the White House on day two of the partial government shutdown, to look for a way to end it.

On Capitol Hill, the battle over legislation to fund the government and the blame game continues. Democrats want a spending bill without any strings attached. Republicans want a delay in the President’s health care law to be part of the deal.

Some local federal workers are being forced to stay home because of the shutdown. It’s a story you told us about on Facebook. We spoke with an Illinois National Guard Technician who’s seeing furlough days for the second time this year.

It’s unusual for Nate Seabaugh to be home during the day. He’s normally at the Illinois National Guard Armory in Machesney Park working on trucks, but thanks to the government shutdown, home is where Seabaugh is forced to stay until who knows when.

“How long is this going to last and to me that’s the hardest part about it. I think everybody has an idea of what government jobs are and what they entail and usually they’re pretty secure and you don’t have to worry about these kinds of things, but here we are,” Seabaugh said.

Seabaugh was also furloughed back in July because of federal budget issues. He got six, non-consecutive un-paid days off and having a wife and three kids to support doesn’t make this round’s waiting game any easier.

“You know, I do have a rainy day fund, but depending on how long it lasts, there’s been speculation it’s only going to be a week, it might be a month, we don’t really know.”

Ten more military technicians from the Machesney Park Armory are wondering the same thing. They have also been furloughed.
Seabaugh’s wife only works part-time, so he has filed for unemployment, as well as some of the other national guard technicians. In total, there are 1,300 Illinois National Guard Military Technicians. 1,100 of them have been furloughed.

Military members who are deemed essential, like active National Guard Members are still working and being paid. There are about 30 people who work at the Machesney Park Armory, eleven technicians are furloughed.

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