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10/02/2013 01:07 pm ET

Government Shutdown Has Uneven Impact In Chicago As Fears Grow A Solution Is A Long Way Off

On day 2 of the nation's government shutdown, the impact has been uneven across the Chicago area and around Illinois.

(See the latest national updates on the government shutdown.)

Campers were booted from their nationl parks campsites Tuesday morning andtourists were turned away from sites like the Lincoln Home in Springfield in early fallout from the shutdown.

"It's beautiful even from the outside, but i'm disappointed I didn't get a chance to see it from the inside," Jeannie Garrity, a tourist from Washington state who was hoping to see the historic site, told the Sun-Times. Garrity added, "I am furious the government is shut down."

Meanwhile, visitors to Chicago's Passport Agency downtown told ABC Chicago they were stunned to get their passports despite expected furloughs. "They said business is normal," John Klemz said of the passport office.

"It freaked me out because I didn't know if it would be open and I really need the passport," Theo Harden told the station.

The local WIC office was up and running Tuesday, according to Chicagoist, though an employee said there was no telling how long emergency funds would last.

The National Transportation Safety Board's probe of Monday's CTA Blue Line train crash continued Tuesday despite the shutdown.

The Tribune said it was unclear how many of Illinois' 52,000 federal workers were furloughed by Tuesday.

Some 2,500 civilian employees at the Naval Station Great Lakes in Lake County told the paper the uncertainty of the situation is "very stressful" and that military personnel were left in a triage situation after the furloughs.

"This is just unknown to all of us," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Abigail Lehtinen.

Wednesday, a group of Chicago-area World World II veterans boarded an Honor Flight to D.C. despite the possibility of getting turned away at their own memorial.

Honor Flight CEO Mary Pettinato told Fox Chicago the veteran's attitude is "Go ahead, arrest me," adding, these guys have waited 68 years to see this. "They're thinking 'I'm hell-bent on seeing it, and I'll be darned if I miss it,"' Pettinato said.

In the wake of the shutdown, several of Illinois' lawmakers said they're giving up their salary until Congress sorts out a budget. According to the Washington Post, Rep. William Enyart (D-Ill.) said he is "donating my pay for the duration of this senseless shut-down to a food bank in Southern Illinois and call upon my colleagues in Congress to do the same."

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) is revoking his salary pending a solution and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) said he'll return his paycheck.

Citing government officials, NBC Chicago said the Chicago area wouldn't feel much of an impact from the shutdown if it remains short-term. Though zero progress was made Tuesday to end the shutdown, President Obama is reportedly meeting with Congressional leaders Wednesday.

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