CHICAGO (CBS)When we introduced you to Kevin McKay on Monday, we told you he has gone eight months with no job and no unemployment benefits because of problems with the state.

McKay, 24, is also about to become a father, is two months behind in rent, and can’t pay many of his bills. And he had no help in sight.

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On Monday, McKay told CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov that he qualified for unemployment benefits last spring, but had yet to receive any money. He said he could not get in touch with anyone from the Illinois Department of Employment Security to help him figure out why.

But in a period of less than 24 hours, about a dozen viewers reached out to us and offered to help.

“It just really means a lot to me that people actually want to help me in my situation, because I just don’t know what to do,” McKay said.

McKay said someone from the IDES called him on Tuesday, but they couldn’t hear him because his phone is broken and they hung up.

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CBS 2 is committing to Working For Chicago, connecting you every day with the information you or a loved one might need about the jobs market, and helping you remove roadblocks to getting back to work.

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We’ll keep uncovering information every day to help this community get back to work, until the job crisis passes. CBS 2 has several helpful items right here on our website, including a look at specific companies that are hiring, and information from the state about the best way to get through to file for unemployment benefits in the meantime.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff