Short-term Shutdown Should Have Little Effect In Illinois

"Most Chicagoans won't notice a short-term federal government shutdown, but the effects could start to be felt by some if the stalemate lingers a few weeks, officials from Springfield to City Hall to college campuses indicated Monday," the Chicago Tribune reports. "...A government shutdown would have a minimal effect [on universities] initially. Campus-based scientists and researchers whose projects are funded by federal grants could continue their work, but the government would not make any decision on pending grant applications or awards. For the 14 million students who rely on federal grants and loans, a U.S. Department of Education contingency plan states that they "could continue as normal." The funding would not be affected initially because it is based on last year's budget and is administered through third-party vendors or online. But there could be ramifications if the shutdown extends beyond a week, most notably if colleges and universities need assistance as they administer various financial programs, said Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators."

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