PI Original Adam Doster Wednesday July 1st, 2009, 11:01am

Unemployment Benefits Extension Signed, Finally

It took a few months,
but Illinois has finally accessed a seven-week extension of
unemployment benefits made available under the federal stimulus
package. Yesterday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law SB 1350, which modernizes Illinois’ unemployment lsystem and captures ...

It took a few months, but Illinois has finally accessed a seven-week extension of unemployment benefits made available under the federal stimulus package. Yesterday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law SB 1350, which modernizes Illinois’ unemployment lsystem and captures additional benefits under something called the Total Unemployment Rate Trigger (TUR). It also extends eligibility to those who leave their job voluntarily for extenuating personal or family reasons (i.e. sexual abuse, spousal relocation or sickness) and, starting in 2011, establishes a $15 allowance for all dependents of unemployment filers. Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton), the bill's lead sponsor, put out this statement:

“This law has nearly unanimous support,” Forby said. “Given how heated things have been in Springfield lately, I’m glad all sides could come together and support this law.”

Under the system, laid-off workers who have exhausted their state benefits can now access 53 weeks of federally-funded support, 33 from the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program and 20 additional weeks courtesy of the newly-approved TUR program. The act takes effect immediately.

UPDATE (8/26): We've created an open thread for readers to learn about the unemployment insurance process and discuss any questions or advice they have. Follow the link here.  

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