Illinois falls behind all other states when it comes to recovering overpayments for unemployment benefits.
The Associated Press unearthed that information through U.S. Labor Department data, finding that Illinois overpaid a total of $714 million in unemployment benefits from 2014 to 2016. Of that amount, $452 million went unclaimed by the state.
At 37 percent, Illinois has the lowest recovery rate among states and territories for overpaid unemployment benefits.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security says it has since fixed the issues that resulted in Illinois' low recovery rate, including the use of old data and failing to enforce federal rules requiring that unemployment applicants register with the state and show they are searching for employment.
The federal Labor Department says it put Illinois on notice about its low recovery rate as part of "a technical assistance effort and not a public shaming."