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Furloughed workers bracing for long haul

SPRINGFIELD -- Thousands of federal workers thought they'd be back on the job by now, but as days go by, their hope for a quick resolution to the shutdown is starting to fade.
SPRINGFIELD -- Thousands of federal workers thought they'd be back on the job by now, but as days go by, their hope for a quick resolution to the shutdown is starting to fade. Congress is still in gridlock and it has some worried the shutdown could last longer than expected.

The mood has changed in just a few days. On day one of the shutdown, workers said they were losing hope they'd be back on the job by the end of the week. Now that we're there, they're feeling a lot less confident.

A group of furloughed workers and other community members gathered to talk about the negative financial impact of the shutdown.

One worker say she was forced off the job in the last shutdown in the 90's, so this is nothing new to him. But, he says this time around, things feel a lot different. He says, like a lot of other workers, he's relying on savings to get by, but extra funds will eventually dry up if this goes on too long.

Some younger employees might not have anything to fall back on. But, furloughed workers can apply for state unemployment benefits.
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