CHAMPAIGN — Sen. Mark Kirk's offices in Illinois and Washington, D.C., are fully staffed while Sen. Dick Durbin has shut down his offices.
Reps. Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger have skeletal staffs in their offices, but Rep. John Shimkus' Illinois and Washington, D.C. offices are fully staffed.
Members of Congress are given discretion over how to run their offices during a partial government shutdown.
Durbin's website offers the following statement:
"We are currently operating under a partial federal government shutdown. Consistent with the Antideficiency Act, Senator Durbin's offices are closed.
"We are not able to accept e-mail messages at this time. Normal operations will resume when the federal government reopens.
"Constituents in need of assistance may find the following resources helpful until federal government operations resume."
In a statement issued Wednesday, Durbin's office said: "Congressional offices are not immune to the government shutdown and as a result, Senator Durbin's offices have closed and 80 percent of his staff has been furloughed.
Each office determines for how they will comply with the law. As long as the federal government is closed and 800,000 federal employees around the country, including nearly 50,000 in Illinois, are furloughed, our office status will remain unchanged."
But a spokesman for Kirk said that all of his offices are open, fully staffed and would be for the forseeable future.
Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, has sent home most of his 15-member staff in Washington, and central Illinois offices in Champaign, Decatur, Normal and Taylorville. Only two staffers are on duty in Washington, D.C., and one each in Decatur and Champaign, said spokesman Andrew Flach.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Manteno, is operating with a similar skeletal staff at his offices in Washington and Ottawa.
But Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, hasn't furloughed any of his employees in either Washington or Illinois.