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Andrew Perez

In Illinois, Ending Jobless Benefits Hasn't Helped People Get Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Perez | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than four out of five Illinois workers who lost long-term unemployment benefits at the end of last year were still without work two...

Andrew Perez

Illinois Agency Sticks Up For The Long-Term Unemployed

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Perez | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- What's happened since Congress killed long-term unemployment insurance in December proves the jobless aren't lazy, according to one stat...

25 Best and Worst Illinois County February Unemployment Rates, Mapped Out

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.17.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' unemployment rate in February was 8.7 percent, which was the second highest in the nation ahead of only Rhode Island. But when looking at the 102 counties in Illinois, only 18 counties actually had an unemployment rate lower than the state's rate of 8.7 percent.

Which Illinois Counties Are on the Unemployment Struggle Bus?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While the worst counties don't have rates as extreme as the worst cities, Illinois is still home home to five counties with an unemployment rate of 12 percent or worse, much above the state's average of 8.6 percent.

Lowest of the Low: Ten Worst Illinois Cities for Unemployment in December

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.08.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Among states, Illinois' unemployment rate is the third worst at 8.6 percent. But many towns and cities in Illinois have unemployment rates that exceed even that. In a state with terrible unemployment to begin with, these are the worst of the worst.

Report: Inmates Rake In $2 Million In Unemployment Benefits

Posted 10.11.2012 | Chicago

The Illinois Department of Employment Security on Wednesday announced it had compiled data indicating more than 1,100 people have fraudulently collect...

Stroger Defends Seeking Jobless Benefits

Posted 06.05.2011 | Chicago

Former Cook County Board President gained a reputation for misappropriation of county funds, from using government credit cards for dry cleaning to bu...

Is Todd Stroger Eligible For Unemployment Benefits?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While serving as Cook County Board President, Todd Stroger made headlines for regularly misusing county money. Now that he's out of office, he's appar...

Independent Voters Stampede to GOP, Dragging Down National Democrats, Governor Pat Quinn

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Governor Pat Quinn is looking more and more like a casualty of independents' pitched forks.

Economic Crisis: Lay Offs Highest Since '01

Crain's Chicago Business | Monée Fields-White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois companies cut their payrolls in November by the greatest number of jobs in about seven years, while unemployment stayed at a 15-year high, go...

Chicago-Area Jobless Rate Now 6.9%

Crain's Chicago Business | Lorene Yue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The jobless rate for metropolitan Chicago rose in October to 6.9%, according to figures released Wednesday. The Illinois Department of Employment Sec...

Area Jobless Rate Slightly Lower

Crain's Chicago Business | Lorene Yue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago-area jobless rate fell in September, remaining above the national average but below statewide levels. The September unemployment rate for...