Posts tagged "extended benefits"

News Roundup: Jobs program extension keeps thousands employed over the holidays

As unemployment benefits start to run out, Gov. Pat Quinn announced yesterday that he is extending the “Put Illinois to Work” program, which has employed 26,000 Illinoisans, until Jan. 15. The extension was paid for with $47 million from the $1.3 billion sale of tobacco bonds, which are backed by payments the tobacco companies make... Read more »

127,000 may lose unemployment in Illinois

Unless Congress acts, 2 million people across the nation will lose their unemployment benefits this week–127,000 in Illinois alone. The lame-duck Congress has until tomorrow to pass another extension of unemployment benefits. Otherwise, all those unemployed who’ve already maxed out their state benefits will be cut off. It’s a familiar scene. Unemployment is nearly at... Read more »