Federal Workers Who Got Unemployment During Shutdown Must Pay It BackFederal workers who received state unemployment benefits during the federal government shutdown, but who later received back pay, must repay the state of Illinois soon.
Durbin: Republican Strategy On Shutdown Was 'A Complete Disaster'After helping negotiate a bipartisan deal to end the partial federal government shutdown, and extend the debt limit, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said he hopes House Republicans learned a lesson: "this is unacceptable."
Congressman Foster Frustrated With Lack Of Action To Reopen GovernmentSuburban Congressman Bill Foster (D-Ill.) says the budget impasse on Capitol Hill could be resolved easily at this point, and with a debt crisis coming, it should be.
Shutdown Not Halting Medical Care At V.A. HospitalWith the shutdown dragging into its second week, money to pay healthcare workers at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago ran out last weekend, but employees are still on the job.
Federal Employees, Aid Recipients Brace For ShutdownThousands of Chicago area people -- from aid recipients to federal employees -- fear that a budget impasse in Washington will affect their lives here.

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