Illinois Department of Employment Security http://wkms.org en Furloughed Illinois Workers Must Repay Unemployment http://wkms.org/post/furloughed-illinois-workers-must-repay-unemployment <p></p><p>Illinois officials say federal employees in the state who were furloughed during the government shutdown have to repay unemployment insurance benefits.</p><p>Illinois Department of Employment Security says preliminary data shows of the almost 3,000 workers who applied for unemployment insurance 577 were paid benefits that total more than $231,000. The department says it’s sending those employees notices that the money must be repaid. If it isn’t, department officials can take steps to recover the money like garnishing tax refunds. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:56:26 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 35920 at http://wkms.org Furloughed Illinois Workers Must Repay Unemployment Illinois Delaying Release of September Unemployment Rate http://wkms.org/post/illinois-delaying-release-september-unemployment-rate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Department of Employment Security is delaying the release of its September employment data because of the partial government shutdown.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:21:46 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 35829 at http://wkms.org Illinois Delaying Release of September Unemployment Rate Long Term Jobless Program Ends in Illinois http://wkms.org/post/long-term-jobless-program-ends-illinois <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Illinois&#39; dropping unemployment rate will trigger the end of a federal program for the state&rsquo;s long-term jobless. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the Extended Benefit program ends May 12th. The program pays 20 weeks of benefits to anyone unemployed beyond 79 weeks. Department spokesman Greg Rivara says the program started paying benefits in Illinois in 2009 because of high unemployment, but the recent fall below 9 percent triggered its end. Thu, 03 May 2012 11:58:47 +0000 Associated Press 17840 at http://wkms.org