The government is officially closed!

The government is officially closed!

SPRINGFIELD -- Thousands of federal workers stayed home Tuesday without pay.
SPRINGFIELD -- Thousands of federal workers stayed home Tuesday without pay. The impact of the government shutdown is also being felt closer to home.

Congress has been unable to agree on a budget. That means there isn't any money to keep things going.

It was a big shock to some when they arrived for work. All of them knew a shutdown was a possibility, but it wasn't clear who would stay and who would go.

Now, thousands of workers across the state will go unpaid. That's everyone from the National Guard to the immigration office, some airport workers and state employees whose paychecks are reimbursed by the federal government.

The furloughs are the biggest immediate effect of the shutdown. Workers say they've made it through them before, but this time it's more difficult since no one knows how long it will last.

Workers with vital positions, like active military, postal workers and federal prison guards will all stay at work. People who process things like passports and home loans will not be in the office though.

If the shutdown lingers, there could be delays for social security and unemployment checks. It all just depends on how long it goes.
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