Jan Schakowsky

Federal employees in Chicago rally, meet with members of Congress to urge end to government shutdown

Federal employees in Chicago rally, meet with members of Congress to urge end to government shutdown

As a federal employee who manages Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for lower-income residents, Florence Cannon never thought she herself would need to apply for food stamps.

But now, 28 days into the government shutdown during which she’s been out of work and unpaid, Cannon said not only does she qualify for the aid, her new worry is if she’ll even get issued food stamps before the benefits run out.

“I never thought I’d be in this position, that I’d (need) the benefits that I monitor,” she said. “This shutdown has really turned into a travesty. Churches are being overwhelmed because they are trying to help their members. Some food pantries have a three-hour...

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