Judge: Illinois court running out of money due to shutdown

 
 
Updated 1/21/2019 3:33 PM

BENTON, Ill. -- The chief federal judge for Southern Illinois says if a partial government shutdown continues past early February the court may run out of money to pay jurors and employees and may place a moratorium on civil trials.

Chief Judge Michael Reagan of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Illinois tells The Southern Illinoisan a lapse in funding could undermine the judicial system.

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Reagan says the court's roughly 100 employees have been getting paid but if the shutdown continues they'll receive one week's salary in their Feb. 8 paycheck rather than two. After that they won't receive a salary until the government fully reopens.

He says jurors for criminal trials won't get their per diem until the government is fully funded.

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com

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