U.S. Labor Department announces release of $200.8 million
STATEâ€”The U.S. Department of Labor certified for release $200,767,125 in unemployment insurance (UI) modernization incentive funds to the state of Illinois.
Illinois qualified for the remaining two-thirds of its share of the funds available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) by including certain family-friendly provisions in its UI law.
â€œI am pleased that Illinois has made updates to its UI program to better meet the needs of todayâ€™s workers and their families,â€ said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. â€œThis additional funding was made available in light of the stateâ€™s implementation of legislation allowing workers who leave jobs for compelling family reasons to receive UI benefits. The law also increases the benefits for unemployed workers with families.â€
The Illinois Department of Employment Security can use the funds to pay unemployment benefits or, if appropriated by the legislature, for administering its unemployment insurance program or delivering employment services.