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by Aricka Flowers
9:42pm
Thu Mar 13

Schneider Pushes For Unemployment Benefits Vote In House, Senate Reaches Tentative Deal

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL,10) has taken steps to push for the reactivation of long-term unemployment benefits in his chamber.

On Wednesday, Schneider introduced a discharge petition that could force the House to vote on an unemployment benefits extension package that would help the two million Americans who have seen their jobless insurance lapse since the December 28 expiration, which immediately affected 80,000 Illinoisans. An average of 72,000 Americans are losing their unemployment insurance each week as a result of the expiration of benefits for the long-term unemployed.

“Failing to extend unemployment insurance, a critical lifeline for many of our families, is shortsighted and hurts our communities and businesses,” Schneider said in a  release announcing his plans. “If my colleagues want to vote against the extension, I respect their right to disagree; but failing to even allow a vote goes against the very progress that families and our constituents demand. Partisan politics must not be allowed to get in the way of doing the right thing for our middle class families. That’s why I will file a measure to end the gridlock and force a vote on extending unemployment insurance.” Read more »

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3:08pm
Thu Feb 27

Guest Post: Tell Kirk, Other Senators: Support Unemployed Workers, Restore Jobless Benefits

This post is written by Mike Hall, senior writer with the AFL-CIO.

In the past few weeks, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has shown a lot of love and respect for the 11 Illinois residents who recently competed for the United States at the Winter Olympic Games. Check out his Facebook page.  But, as many people who have left their comments there say, it’s time for Kirk to show some of the same respect and compassion for the state’s more than 99,000 jobless workers who lost their emergency unemployment benefits in December. Read more »

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by Aricka Flowers
9:07pm
Tue Jan 28

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by Ellyn Fortino
6:16pm
Fri Jan 24

Schneider, Jobless Illinoisans Urge Congress To Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance

    The notion that unemployment benefits are a disincentive to look for work is both false and misguided, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL,10) said at a discussion Friday in Lake County about the need to extend emergency unemployment insurance.

"People who are recipients of unemployment benefits ... are people who are actively and aggressively looking for work," the congressman said at the discussion, held at the Job Center of Lake County. "The gridlock that's the carryover from the last Congress that has me frustrated ... is unfortunate, because it's hurting communities and holding our small businesses back."

Emergency unemployment insurance for those who have been jobless for longer than 26 weeks expired in late December. Some 1.3 million Americans and counting have lost their jobless aid due to the expiration, including more than 80,000 people in Illinois. Read more »