Illinois Department of Employment Security

6:56 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Furloughed Illinois Workers Must Repay Unemployment

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Illinois officials say federal employees in the state who were furloughed during the government shutdown have to repay unemployment insurance benefits.

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.

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6:21 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Illinois Delaying Release of September Unemployment Rate

The Illinois Department of Employment Security is delaying the release of its September employment data because of the partial government shutdown.

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6:58 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Long Term Jobless Program Ends in Illinois

Illinois' dropping unemployment rate will trigger the end of a federal program for the state’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. Officials urge anyone without a job to visit the Illinois JobLink website. It has postings for more than 90,000 job openings.