IDES processes more than 1.3 million claims in three months

Nearly 12 times last year’s claims information provided by the Illinois Department of Employment Security SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 30, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) released new statewide data showing the department processed 58,263 new initial claims for regular unemployment benefits during the week ending May 23. The department has now processed … Read more

$7.3 million investment will assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19

Funds to boost outreach, training, and professional guidance for small businesses throughout Illinois information provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 28, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced a new $7.3 million investment from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for the Illinois … Read more

Gov. Pritzker releases guidelines for safe reopening during Phase 3

information provided by the Office of the Governor SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 24, 2020) – Governor JB Pritzker today released industry-specific guidelines that allow for the safe re-opening of businesses as the state progresses into the next phase of his Restore Illinois plan. All four regions of the state are on track to advance to Phase … Read more

Photos: Quarantine extends into the beginning of summer

May 18–23 in Lansing, Illinois by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (May 23, 2020) – Early this week the Chicago area set a record for the wettest May on record—and that was 12 days before the end of the month. The previous record (8.25 inches) was set in May of 2019. On Tuesday, we hit 8.3 … Read more