As Unemployment Numbers Drop, Illinoisans Looking For Work Still Struggle To Get BenefitsAround 2.5 million people got jobs in May, dropping the unemployment rate to 13.3%. More than half of those jobs added were at food and drinking establishments, but the overall unemployment numbers are still staggering.
Despite Reopening Efforts, Chicagoans Still Struggle To Get Work, Unemployment Benefits"It's still difficult to get through and the websites don't work."
With Systems Overwhelmed, Thieves Using Past Security Breaches To Rip Off Unemployment BenefitsA recording that asks for patience on the Illinois Department of Employment Security phone line is not well received by Reginald Fitzgerald.
Despite Hiring More Workers, Illinois' Balky Unemployment System Continues To Vex Those In Need Of MoneyIllinois hired 140 people to handle the flood of applications for unemployment benefits, but applicants are still being blocked from getting money they desperately need because the system that can’t seem to handle simple mistakes.
IDES Says 75,000 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claims Processed In A Week But No Numbers On How Many ApprovedAn IDES spokesperson says they have processed about 75,000 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims in a week, but they do not know how many have been approved or paid out.
IDES User Sees Data Breach Exposing Social Security Numbers, Other Info"It definitely did not get taken care of in an hour. I know that for a fact."
'Why Does The Burden Fall On Us?' No Easy Answers For Those Waiting For Unemployment Benefits"Why does the burden fall on us? We didn't do anything wrong. Why is it our job to sit and call for eight hours straight."
Some Waiting For COVID-19 Benefits Pay A 'Penalty' That's Delaying Payments"I'm a server, not a millionaire. So my funds are low to begin with."
Waiting For Answers As To Why Unemployment Benefits Aren't Getting To Every Applicant"I have a life. I have bills to pay. I'm stuck. I’m really stuck."
Confusion Over New System To Handle Gig Worker Unemployment ClaimsIllinois taxpayers will pay $23 million to a Chicago company to set up a call center and computer system to help process unemployment claims for gig workers, but CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov has learned the May 11 date the governor keeps talking about to get those new benefits could be in jeopardy.
People Unemployed By COVID-19 Balance Bills, Budgets With Little Help From The State"It is scary since once everything is back up again, it's all going to be due at one time."
Being Honest On Job Search Question On IDES Website Can Cost You Benefits"Did you actively look for work?" is a question hundreds of thousands in Illinois have already answered when filing for unemployment benefits, but it's a yes or no question that is complicated.
Getting Extensions If Your Unemployment Benefits Are Running OutMore than 650,000 people have filed for unemployment in Illinois in the last six weeks, but right now, some are worried about their unemployment benefits expiring.
After 1,000 Calls, Worker Gets COVID-19 Benefits, Thanks To Contacting Pritzker's OfficeWith bills and rent due, she made yet another effort. She emailed Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.
Struggles Continue With Filing For Unemployment Online And By PhoneWith an old system and phone calls that go unanswered CBS 2 continues to hear from workers about issues filing for unemployment, including dozens who reached out in the past few days.