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Shutdown Frustrates Indiana Dunes Visitors

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Indiana Dunes Lakeshore National Park. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Indiana Dunes Lakeshore National Park. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

CHICAGO (CBS) – Frustrated people who had hoped to enjoy a nice day at the nearest National Park to Chicago have been finding themselves turned away by locked gates and blocked parking spaces.

The signs in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore say, “because of the federal government shutdown, all National parks are closed.”

One would-be visitor responded, “because the idiots in Washington can’t agree on anything.”

The man who doesn’t think much of the people in Washington, Jack Doherty, of Schererville, had hoped to enjoy the nice day with his wife, Kathy, and voiced his frustration with the partial government shutdown when found locked gates and blocked parking spaces.

“It’s sort of sad to see,” he said.

Doherty said of the impasse in Washington, “we sent them there to do a job and they just seem to hate each other. it’s beyond politics. I just don’t understand it. I really don’t”

His wife, Kathy, said, “so mean spirited.”

And, she added, “I don’t know what the rest of the world must think of us, I really don’t .”

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