Sequester questions

Sequester questions

Posted by Mike Riopell on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 11:00

President Barack Obama's administration has put out a list of consequences for Illinois should Friday come and automatic federal budget cuts kick in.

Some Republicans have said some of the items are scare tactics, but the suburbs stand to see some impact if these come true.

Aside from the education cuts and other service reductions that would be felt statewide, there are a couple bullet points on the list that might raise suburban eyebrows. Here are some of them, straight from the White House list:

- "Navy: Four planned Naval Station Great Lakes demolition projects ($2 million) could be canceled..."

- O'Hare passengers will be sad to hear this one: "A vast majority of FAA’s nearly 47,000 employees would be furloughed for approximately one day per pay period, with a maximum of two days per pay period. The furlough of a large number of air traffic controllers and technicians would require a reduction in air traffic to a level that could be safely managed by the remaining staff, resulting in slower air traffic in major cities, as well as delays and disruptions across the country during the critical summer travel season."

- In addition, towers at suburban airports in Waukegan, DuPage County and Aurora could be closed for a time.

- And this brought the suburban companies Abbot and Baxter to mind: "The FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) would face delays in translating new science and technology into regulatory policy and decision-making, resulting in delays in new drug approvals."

Here's the full list. What do you think the biggest problems would be? Or is this no big deal?

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