CHICAGO (CBS) — CBS 2 is Working for Chicago, helping you cope with the challenges of the pandemic.
Small business owners told CBS 2 they’re hoping the stimulus arrives in time. CBS 2 found the system used to pay out jobless benefits in Illinois continues to lag from previously approved federal pandemic relief.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Spotty Showers Sunday Night, Monday
Nina Garnett stopped driving for Uber because she’s a diabetic and at high risk for contracting the virus. She hasn’t been able to get unemployment help since applying back in March.READ MORE: Phase 2 Opens Monday In Illinois Outside Chicago For Anyone 16 And Over To Get COVID-19 Vaccine, But Teens Under 18 Face Challenge
“There’s no place to turn for additional help,” Garrett said, who added that she has not been able to pay for medicine.
Current pandemic benefits and extended unemployment are set to expire in just a few days. The concern is there could be a gap between when the current packages ends and the new one begins.MORE NEWS: On One-Year Anniversary Of Botched Smokestack Demolition, Little Village Community Leaders Call For Jobs, Better Environmental Protection
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