Illinois officials are scaling back hospital and nursing home inspections because of the partial federal government shutdown. The Illinois Department of Public Health gets about $1.3 million a month to pay for inspections of medical facilities, but the shutdown means the money isn't heading to Illinois, so certain inspections on hiatus. Department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says the agency is still inspecting facilities if the department receives credible complaints about a location. She says the lack of money isn't creating an immediate problem, but she adds a prolonged shutdown could create "a more critical issue in the weeks ahead."
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