No. 20: Government shutdown

The government began a partial shutdown on Oct. 1, potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave, closing national parks and stalling medical research projects. President Barack Obama signed an 11th-hour deal passed by Congress to end the shutdown after 16 days and pull the world's biggest economy back from the edge of a historic debt default. Read the story: <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-10-02/news/ct-met-government-shutdown-illinois-impact-20131002_1_government-shutdown-federal-workers-federal-agencies">Government shutdown</a>

The government began a partial shutdown on Oct. 1, potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave, closing national parks and stalling medical research projects. President Barack Obama signed an 11th-hour deal passed by Congress to end the shutdown after 16 days and pull the world's biggest economy back from the edge of a historic debt default. Read the story: Government shutdown

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