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Everything you need to know about Illinois unemployment

Everything you need to know about Illinois unemployment

The Illinois Department of Employment Security was ill-prepared to handle record numbers of unemployed workers when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, was slow to distribute federal help, exposed Illinoisans' private information, then lefts thousands on hold awaiting answers. Here's the latest.

By Brad Weisenstein

Melissa Taylor

Melissa Taylor

“Finally, I decided to apply for unemployment. I hesitated to apply before because I know there are people who might need it more, but we’re out of options.”

Nick Poplawski

Nick Poplawski

"Union leaders would say they didn’t like what Janus was doing, but we saw the merit to the other side saying, ‘This is your money. You should be able to decide where your money goes.’"

Illinois reopens June 11, but keep those masks handy

Illinois reopens June 11, but keep those masks handy

Illinoisans on June 11 will take off their masks and breathe a sigh of relief – except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance and Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s mandates.

By Patrick Andriesen