The federal government shutdown has Illinois state workers and retirees worried.
The concerns stem from the fact that a number of state health insurance programs need documents from the IRS this month, in order to prove the recipients are still eligible for coverage.
According to the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspaper, the shutdown means the IRS is not providing federal transcripts. The Illinois Department of Central Management Services is conducting the audit, to make sure only eligible people get benefits. The audit renews membership in four state insurance programs, including the Teachers Retirement Insurance Program and the State Employees Group Insurance Program.
Extensions to file paperwork will be accepted