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Article updated: 10/10/2013 6:44 AM

Most laid-off Illinois workers back after shutdown

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By Associated Press

Gov. Pat Quinn's budget office says most state workers whose salaries are paid by federal money are back on the job, but more layoffs could come if the federal shutdown continues.

Roughly 100 workers were issued temporary layoffs last week, including employees with the Department of Military Affairs, the Illinois Department of Employment Security and Labor Department.

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Quinn's budget office says temporary layoffs for more than 70 employees expired Wednesday. The U.S. House has approved back pay for some workers.

More than three dozen workers are still off the job, including Labor employees who conduct worksite safety inspections. More state layoffs could be issued next week.

Quinn has sent U.S. House Speaker John Boehner a letter, urging the shutdown's end and predicting hundreds more layoffs if the shutdown continues.

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