Ripples from the shutdown of the federal government are starting to expand into Naperville.

This week Loaves & Fishes Community Services received its first requests for assistance from furloughed workers who’ve become unwitting pawns in a political struggle happening 600 miles away in Washington, D.C.

An estimated 40,000 federal workers who are affected by the shutdown that started Dec. 22 live in Illinois. With paychecks not arriving Friday as scheduled, some of the workers are turning to local agencies for help put food on their tables, sustain a roof over their heads, and keep their utilities running.

Source to continue reading: Naperville Sun by Suzanne Baker and Erin Hegarty