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Yednock: If eligible for unemployment, file for it

State Rep.: Use the state resources for hardships caused by COVID-19

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OTTAWA — State Rep. Lance Yednock (D-Ottawa) is directing residents who have been recently laid off due to COVID-19 to apply for unemployment benefits through the Illinois Department of Employment Security and offering assistance from his office to those who need help navigating the unemployment process.

“Unfortunately, the temporary business closures and additional strain the virus has placed on small businesses across the state have left many Illinoisans without work,” said Yednock. “The state is taking action, doing what is necessary to aid families and businesses of our communities during this difficult time for many people in Illinois and across the country.”

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, The Illinois Department of Employment Security recently adopted emergency rules, allowing temporarily laid off due to a government-imposed or recommended quarantine may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

For more information on unemployment benefits including eligibility requirements and guidelines, or to apply for assistance, visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s COVID-19 website page: https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/COVID-19-and-Unemployment-Benefits.aspx or call 1 (800) 244-5631.

“As we continue to implement practices to flatten the curve on the spread of the virus and protect those who are most vulnerable, employees must still be able to pay their bills and feed their families,” said Yednock, “I urge anyone who is eligible for these services to use the resources the state has provided and to reach out to my office if they have any questions or need assistance with the process.”

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