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GOP Lawmakers Again Demand Answers On State Unemployment Agency Failures

GOP lawmakers are again demanding answers from Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Employment Securities over the state’s processing of unemployment benefits.
Since COVID-19 hit Illinois, IDES has been inundated with unemployment claims from Illinoisans impacted by the state’s stay-at-home orders and pandemic-related recession.
As a result, wait times for people trying to contact IDES customer service lines grew longer.
But even after months of known issues at IDES, Republicans claim they’re still being kept in the dark about what’s happening at the agency. Major problems include those seeking to apply for unemployment benefits experiencing major delays in getting a call back from the agency to get certified. Additionally, Illinoisans have received bills from the state demanding repayment of  unemployment benefits they never requested or received.
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