CHICAGO — Legislative gridlock and political discord in the Midwest have put Minnesota on the path towards a partial government shutdown, stalled action on a new budget in Iowa, and threatened Illinois’ summer construction season.

In Minnesota, a Ramsey County District Court judge on Wednesday will hear Gov. Mark Dayton’s request that about 29 state agencies be allowed to remain open, with one-third of state employees who provide critical services kept on the job in the event no budget agreement is reached by July 1.

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