More Than One Third Of Unemployment Claims In Illinois PUA System Have Been RejectedHundreds of thousands of Illinois’ gig workers, contractors, or self-employed workers have applied for jobless benefits due to COVID-19. And for months, we’re been hearing horror stories from applicants who say they haven’t seen a dime.
State Urges Man To Apply For Gig Worker Unemployment After Penalty Weeks Hold Up His Benefits For MonthsA possible solution has emerged for an unemployment benefits problem we have been reporting on for months.
Illinois Poverty Numbers Will Rise Amid Pandemic Due To Handling Of Unemployment Claims, University Of Chicago Professor SaysPoverty numbers will go up here, not just because of the pandemic but also because of the way the State of Illinois has handled unemployment and paying out claims, according to a professor at the University of Chicago. 
Unemployed Worker Has Unpaid Claims For Months And No Answers From The StateImagine taking the time to certify for unemployment benefits almost 20 times and still not seeing a dime. CBS 2 is Working for Chicago with reporting that uncovers failures by the state. 
Unemployed Illinoisans Say State's Phone Lines Are Mismanaged And Further Delaying Their BenefitsHundreds of phone calls, but no solution – we continue to hear from people who can't get through for help with unemployment claims or the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.
Gig Workers Say Their Unemployment Benefits Are Being Held Up By Audits And They Can't Wait AnymoreAudits are holding up the federal money they're desperate for - that's what some gig workers tell CBS 2.
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. 
Woman Struggling To Find Relief After Quitting Her Job For A Job That Was Rescinded Due To COVID-19Jessica Wozniczka has been denied unemployment assistance because she left a job to take a new job that never materialized due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Data Breach In State's New PUA Unemployment System Exposes Some Claimants' Personal InfoIllinois State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) said a constituent in her district made her aware of the data breach, after inadvertently accessing a spreadsheet with names and personal information for thousands of unemployment applicants.