Where is that Unemployment Fix Governor?

Crystal Lake, IL – As the desperately unemployed go hungry, Representative Skillicorn is outraged at a Governor who finds time to pal with penguins but can’t fix the unemployment system.

While JB is fond of criticizing President Trump on his timeline of action, here is a timeline for the Governor. On March 6, the Governor declared an emergency. On March 20, he locked down the State fully knowing that the unemployment of hundreds of thousands would follow. On April 10, the magnitude of the unemployment fiasco remained unaddressed and I called on the Governor to fix the fiasco, followed by calls from Republican leadership for the same.

On April 13, in a press release that brought to light the catastrophic nature of the unemployment situation where, “Through the five weeks from March 1 to April 4, Illinois received 513,173 initial unemployment claims. That is greater than the total number of initial claims for the entirety of 2019 (489,831) and five times greater than the claims filed in the first five weeks of the 2008 great recession.” The Governor went on to outline the efforts to expand access and eligibility to unemployment insurance stating that , “To meet the needs of applicants and claimants, the administration and IDES overhauled the IDES website infrastructure, expanded the call center capacity and secured private partnerships to expand capacity in its existing systems and implementation of new programs.”

It is now April 22 and apparently that “overhaul” didn’t take as my office continues to receive the desperate pleas of unemployed constituents for help. Many are independent contractors and sole proprietors that must wait until May 11 for the new program to rollout. On the corona clock, that is an eternity.

Brian of Huntley

I have tried that number so many times. Have you tried just to understand the experience? No one ever answers and I’m disconnected every time after listening to a recording for 5 minutes. This is beyond frustrating. I have two kids living at home and I have ZERO income. I’ve done everything right. Paid my taxes and worked the last 20+ years. I’ve paid into the system consistently and now it is failing me.

I don’t know what else to do or where else to turn.

Robert of Lake in the Hills

I was furloughed from my job April 13 and placed on a temporary unpaid leave of absence that is intended to last less than six months. I have been on the IDES website and submitted my unemployment claim. I received a confirmation number for my claim which then stated I need to go to Illinois Job Link to complete my registration. I cannot reach anyone at IDES by phone and I want to verify….

Lynn of Huntley

Have never been able to get through but can try again. Would you possibly have a number you would suggest?

Skillicorn stated, “You continue to fail the people of Illinois while you waste precious time palling around with penguins. Every day that goes by is another day that families suffer from the devastation of your actions. It’s your mess, Governor, clean it up!”