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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Jan 24, 2014

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.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Jan 17, 2014

Foster Joins Jobless Illinoisans In Call For Unemployment Benefits Extension

    Unemployment insurance is not a handout — it's a hand up — for workers who have lost their jobs, stressed U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL, 11) and jobless Illinois residents at a roundtable discussion Friday.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Thu Jul 25, 2013

Quinn Signs Bill To Increase Job Opportunities For Disabled Illinoisans

People with disabilities experience joblessness at a rate that far exceeds the general population. As a result, Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new law aiming to increase work opportunities for intellectually and physically disabled Illinoisans.

“Historically, employment has been the last thing, if at all, addressed by social service agencies and organizations that provide assistance to people with disabilities,” said Robin Jones, director of the Great Lakes ADA Center. “But we shouldn’t be able to pick and choose who has the option of making employment a primary goal.”