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The Illinois Department of Employment Security is announcing 20 more weeks of regular state benefits are now available. 

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The Illinois Department of Employment Security is working with law enforcement to track down those responsible for a fraud scheme involving the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has uncovered a nationwide fraud scheme impacting every state's federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.

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Four republican members of the Illinois House are calling for an audit of the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The issue started two weeks ago when a constituent of Representative Terri Bryant alerted her they were able to see personal information of others as they were filing an unemployment claim.

Amidst the pandemic, the Illinois unemployment rate jumped to 16.4% last month.

April’s rate rose over 12 percentage points from March, as businesses had to close because of the COVID-19 crisis.

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State Representative Terri Bryant wants answers after her office was alerted to a security breach on Illinois’ unemployment filling website.

The state launched a new portal for independent contractors that lost their job from COVID-19 to file for federally-funded benefits the second week of May.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has been busy since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

The State of Illinois is taking additional steps to address the unprecedented volume of unemployment benefit claims the department has fielded as a result of COVID-19. 

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has taken several steps to improve the unemployment benefit claims process via the online portal and the call center.

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Illinoisans are still reporting problems trying to access unemployment applications on the Illinois Department of Employment Security website.

Governor J-B Pritzker addressed the issue earlier this week saying improvements are being made after the old system that was not capable of handling the huge volume of applications during the COVID-19 crisis.

Some Illinoisans are reporting having trouble accessing information to learn about unemployment benefit opportunities with so many off work due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

During his daily briefing Monday, Governor JB Pritzker said the state found out the hard way it's previous online system wasn't ready to handle the volume of applications coming in.

State officials say thousands of Illinoisans will have delayed unemployment checks this week due to computer problems.

Unemployment rates were down across southern Illinois in May when compared to May 2018.

Statistics from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show the largest decline of 2.7 percent occurred in Pulaski County, where the jobless rate fell from eight percent in 2018 to 5.3 percent last month.

Jobs were up in eight of the state's 14 metro areas last month.

While the unemployment rate rose slightly in 12 metro areas compared to year ago levels... Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesperson Sam Salustro says jobs were added in places like the Carbondale-Marion area.

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As part of the Illinois Department of Employment Security's modernization effort, Illinois employers will soon be able to use MyTax Illinois to complete all their unemployment insurance tax processes.

Department director Jeff Mays stopped in Carbondale Wednesday to remind employers about the change coming in less than two weeks.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jeff Mays.