White House staff aren’t the only ones looking for sob stories about folks affected by the government shutdown.  The media are doing what they can to assist. Columnist Phil Kadner of the Southtown Star, a publication of the Chicago Sun-Times, lends a hand with “Shutdown becomes real for local residents.” The article begins:

Edgar Mullins, of Richton Park, and Justin Jones, of Chicago Heights, became victims of the federal government shutdown on Thursday.

They lined up early in the morning in front of the Social Security Administration office in Chicago Heights.

The office was open for business but wasn’t offering new or replacement Social Security cards, the reason Mullins and Jones were there.