Federal shutdown affects locals
PRINCETON — The federal government shutdown has closed a Princeton office building, while the local health department is continuing business as usual.
On Thursday, Justina Boggio, executive director of the Bureau County Farm Service Agency, confirmed all 21 employees in Bureau County’s USDA office building, located on Backbone Road in Princeton, are on furlough, or unpaid leave, due to the federal government shutdown that went into place on Tuesday. In addition to the Farm Service Agency office, the Bureau County USDA building houses the offices of Rural Development, Natural Resources Conservation Services and Bureau County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Boggio said the Illinois State FSA Office hosted a conference call Monday afternoon for all employees to review office policy and procedure in the event of a government shutdown. Staff were given a maximum of four hours on Tuesday morning to secure the building and return home, which they did, Boggio said.
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