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State workers have been holding out hope that they would avoid missed paydays but yesterday's Cook County Court ruling that the state couldn't make payroll without a budget leaves next week's paychecks in doubt.

For Dan Swinson, an office associate at the Illinois Department of Public Health and a union steward for AFSCME local 805, it's a possibility that he has prepared for, but he says others may not be as prepared for their income to be on ice.

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Swinson isn't ready to name names when it comes to blaming the budget stalemate on someone but he says there are clearly multiple parties involved in the gridlock.

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Swinson is concerned about the impact on the Springfield economy if state workers have to significantly curtail their spending.

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