Obama signs bill, staving off shutdown

By Danny Ciamprone

The nation breathed a sigh of relief late Friday night as members of Congress and the president announced they came to a decision on the budget.

If a shutdown had occurred, it could have caused 800,000 federal employees to be furloughed. They would even have to turn in their BlackBerry because they would not be allowed to work at home, according to the Associated Press.

The shutdown would also have affected state and city governments, but only those who financially were “having a very hard time,” according to the AP. State programs or projects funded by federal grants would have been delayed or stopped.

DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen said the short-term shutdown would have had a minimal impact on the city. Povlsen said money planned for projects has already been set aside.

“We have some funds for our bus shelter project but that won’t begin until May or June,” Povlsen said. “We also have left over money to fix roads and do other small projects such as putting GPS devices in all our voluntary action buses.”

Povlsen said none of the projects will start until late April, even into June. He also said the shutdown would not have affected any day to day operations.

Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy agreed and said the government shutdown would have no effect on Sycamore.

“Our payments and any federal money we have for projects are already in play,” Mundy said. “There’s nothing that would happen to us on a local level if the government shutdown.”

Congress stated earlier in the week if a government shutdown did occur, certain federal employees would keep their jobs out of necessity such as postman, soldiers and security personnel. The Internal Revenue Service would close, though, so refund checks would have been delayed.

“The only thing that would mainly be affected for us would be transportation,” Povlsen said. “It may slow down some of our projects planned.”