Illinois Extends Unemployment Benefits

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) today announced that 20 weeks of state extended benefits are now available to those who exhaust the allotted 26 weeks of regular state unemployment and the additional 13 weeks of federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits. Illinois law provides for 20 weeks of extended benfits during times of “high unemployment,” as defined in the law, instead of the 13 weeks of benefits available in Illinois since May.

Currently, there are 30 states providing 13 weeks of extended benefits, and 19 states, including Illinois, providing 20 weeks. South Dakota is the only state not currently providing extended benefits.

Those with questions or in need of assistance with unemployment benefits at this time are encouraged to visit IDES.Illinois.gov.

By Margo Pelak

Margo Pelak is founder and managing editor of the Local Newsreader, which covers hyper-local news in Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich and Mundelein. She resides in Hawthorn Woods with her husband Dennis and two wild beasts named Ladybug and Juney P.

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