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CHICAGO (WBBM) — Both sides continue to negotiate, but there is still no budget deal between Democrats and Republicans that would avoid a federal government shutdown this weekend.

Some government services will shut down Saturday if a deal isn’t reached by Friday.

How might you be affected?

If you want to go to a national park, for starters.

The forecast for Saturday? Warmer. It may be a good day to drive down to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. If it’s open.

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A National Park Service representative says it would close, along with every other national park.

Saturday is family day at the Douglas Center for Environmental Education at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. But perhaps not this Saturday – not if the park is closed.

The campground would also be closed. It just opened for the season on April 1.

A park service representative says more than 300 species of birds are migrating through the dunes right now, and it would be a good time for birdwatchers since the leaves aren’t on the trees yet.

The federal court system in Chicago would not be affected right away, says Judicial Services Manager Ted Newman.

He says the filing fee on cases would be enough to keep the court system in business for almost two weeks.

Mail service in Chicago would go on since the post office doesn’t have federal government status anymore.

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