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Shutdown affecting businesses

SPRINGFIELD -- The government shutdown may be impacting businesses which cash in on the traffic at National Historic Sites.
SPRINGFIELD -- The government shutdown may be impacting businesses which cash in on foot traffic at National Historic Sites. The Abraham Lincoln Home sees hundreds of thousands of tourists each year.

Area gift shop owners selling Lincoln memorabilia say they have seen fewer customers since the shutdown began eight days ago. Dana Homann owns Tinsley Dry Goods and she's concerned.

"We've had customers come in here saying that, you know, they really want to see Lincoln's home, but they couldn't go over there, they couldn't walk back to even look at the house. So yeah, I mean, I think it's had a little bit of an impact on, you know, how people are viewing, you know, coming to Springfield as long as everything remains closed."

The Abraham Lincoln Home brought in nearly 300,000 visitors to the Capital City last year. There are more than a handful of gift shops catering to Lincoln fans within a few blocks of the site.
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