Amid Pandemic, Unemployment, And Trouble Getting Benefits, Calls To Crisis Centers Have Skyrocketed In ChicagoCalls to local crisis centers are skyrocketing – as the stress of the coronavirus pandemic coupled with job loss stress drives some to a breaking point.
First, Suburban Woman Is Victim Of Unemployment Fraud, Then, She Can't Get Benefits When She Does Need ThemWe've done many stories on folks out of work who can't get the benefits they should, and others on scammers – ripping off all of us by getting cash they don't deserve. On Friday, CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas introduced us to a suburban woman experiencing double trouble.
North Aurora IDES Office Reopens After Closing Due To COVID-19 OutbreakAn Illinois Department of Employment Security office in North Aurora has reopened to workers, after it was forced to close due to numerous COVID-19 cases.
Over 67,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois For Week Of Nov. 2, Amid COVID-19 PandemicIllinois’ estimated claims were among 709,000 total filed across the country last week. 
Two Chicago Organizations Partner To Help Fight Homelessness And Unemployment During the Pandemic"Fifty-five percent of the small businesses right now may not reopen post-COVID."
Workers 'Dropping Like Flies' Amid COVID-19 Outbreak At IDES North Aurora Office, Employees SayBecause of a COVID-19 outbreak at a local Illinois unemployment office, one Illinois Department of Employment Security employee said workers are dropping like flies.
Small Business Says State Of Illinois Did Nothing To Stop Fraudsters From Taking $37,000 In Unemployment In Its Staffers' NamesOn Friday night, new accusations surfaced saying the state did nothing to stop tens of thousands of dollars in unemployment fraud targeting a single small business.
Can Illinois Unemployment System Handle Another Surge, Especially With Some People Already Left High And Dry, And Desperate, For Months?Gov. JB Pritzker said the state’s unemployment system is working better than before. But can it handle another spike in claims – especially when more than 100,000 people who filed over the past seven months are still waiting?
Documents Shed Light On Some Of The Problems With The Illinois Department Of Employment Security Callback SystemWe continue to hear from people who are desperate for help, but who are just stuck waiting for a callback from the state’s unemployment office – in one case for six weeks.
Restaurant, Bar Staff Prepare To File For Unemployment Again As COVID-19 Indoor Dining Bans Go Into EffectNearly 2 million people have filed for unemployment in Illinois since early March, and there is no doubt that servers and bar staff are going to add to those numbers as COVID-19 indoor dining bans take effect.
Illinois Reports 53,000 Jobless Claims; Increase Of 7,800 Is Second Highest In NationThere were 751,000 new claims filed across the country last week.