Chicago's Federal Workers Urge End To Shutdown

January 10, 2019 - 3:41 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Federal employees gathered in Federal Plaza Thursday afternoon to demand that the government shutdown end.

Bundled against the cold, a few dozen federal workers held a rally and a march around Federal Plaza -- in the shadow of the buildings where they hope to return sooner rather than later.

"Not only is it financially and emotionally stressful, socially, we want to work,” said Florence Cannon, an Agriculture Department employee and union officer. 

She carried a sign that said: "This is my 20th day of being locked out."

"Those first couple of days we were just trying to, you know, this is going to blow over. It's not blowing over,” Cannon said.

"I'm about the clear out two savings accounts, and that's why I'm here: so I can go to the credit union so I can cover my mortgage and my car note."

In Illinois, about 8,000 government workers are affected by the shutdown.