CHICAGO (CBS) — Arsons, bomb threats, and vandalism – we have been asking for months, and now for the first time, we are learning about the crimes keeping Illinois unemployment offices closed.
Jordan Abudayyeh, press secretary for Gov. JB Pritzker’s office, said in a statement that more two dozen “significant incidents” have been investigated at 12 Illinois unemployment offices in every region of the state since March 2020.READ MORE: Halloween Festivities Kicks Off In Western Suburbs This Weekend
They include acts of arson, vandalism, and bomb threats, “among other acts of violence,” Abudayyeh wrote.
“Individuals have also shown up at IDES employees’ private residences threatening physical violence. This is in addition to countless threats made over phone, via email, and mail throughout the pandemic,” Abudayyeh wrote. “Due to the pending investigations IDES is not able to share specific information.”READ MORE: Dozens Of Chicago Firefighters, Water Department Workers Sue To Block City's Vaccine Mandate
On Tuesday, CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov asked Pritzker when the offices will finally reopen.
“Shortly. As you know, we’ve had about 60 percent of our staff are completely back to work,” Pritzker said. “We’ve got the State Police assisting the agency to make sure that we’re doing it in the right way.”MORE NEWS: Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine More Than 90% Effective At Protecting Kids
When the offices do reopen later this summer, security will be tightened and people will need to make an appointment.