If Congress doesn't extend the filing deadline for unemployment benefits next week, the National Employment Law Project estimates
that 15,000 Illinoisans a week would begin to lose benefits. Even if
the Senate does take up a bill after recess, they aren't expected to
create an additional tier of benefits. Therefore, 20,000 Illinoisans
who have just exhausted their fourth tier of benefits are now without
anyassistance. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says an additional 7,000 will run out of benefits in the next five weeks.