From Hotels To Retailers, Staffing Shortage Crisis Persists In Chicago -- And It's Affecting CustomersOur bars and restaurants aren’t the only ones impacted by a continued worker shortage - other businesses across Chicago are taking a hit that is already affecting customers.
IDES Kept Offices Closed While Many Struggled To Get Their Unemployment Benefits: What Really HappenedIDES’ offices have been closed to the public since the pandemic began. The closures came as thousands struggled to navigate a system that was understaffed, ill-equipped to deal with the scope of the problem and fraught with technical issues that prevented some from getting their benefits in a timely manner, or at all.
Illinois Sees Nearly 50% Drop In Weekly Unemployment Claims; More Than 8,000 Filed Last WeekThe U.S. Department of Labor estimates 8,009 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of September 6 in Illinois, according to the DOL's weekly claims report released Thursday.
More Than 15,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois Last Week Amid COVID-19 PandemicThe Illinois Department of Employment Security reported 15,570 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of August 30 in Illinois.
Back To Business Grants Program Set To Provide Funds For Minority-Owned Businesses Hit Hard By PandemicA new pot of money has been made available for minority-owned businesses that took a major hit throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gig Workers Struggle To Get Answers About Back Benefits As Some Federal Pandemic Programs EndTens of thousands of people in Illinois are still fighting for unemployment money they are owed from four federal pandemic programs that are now over. 
Restaurant Owners Hopeful, But Don't Expect Quick End To Worker Shortages With Federal Unemployment Benefit Programs OverThis Labor Day, many industries are hoping people come back to work - with extra federal unemployment benefits officially having expired Saturday. CBS 2’s Tara Molina was told Monday that while business owners in particular are hopeful, those still facing worker shortages may not see the impact of the expiration right away - especially restaurants.
Federal Unemployment Benefits Expire Sept. 4: What You Need To KnowFour federal programs that provide additional unemployment benefits are expiring on Saturday.
IDES Warning People About Rising Unemployment Scams As Checks End For Nearly 453,000 In IllinoisThe Illinois Department of Employment Services is warning people to be on the lookout for suspicious texts and emails because scammers are once again on the prowl. 
More Than 15,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois Last Week Amid COVID-19 PandemicIllinois’ estimated claims are among 340,000 total claims filed across the country last week.
Walmart On Hiring Spree, Offering $20 An Hour Plus College TuitionMost of the company's open jobs are in warehouses and distribution centers.