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Illinois Unemployment: PUA overpayments may be forgiven; IDES to issue waivers

Illinois Unemployment: PUA overpayments may be forgiven; IDES to issue waivers

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy and Ann Pistone CHICAGO (WLS) -- The ABC 7 I-Team investigated overpayments of unemployment benefits involving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). People who are unemployed are being told to come up with amounts ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 - sometimes, more than $20,000.PUA was added to regular state unemployment to get money into the hands of contract and gig workers. But what if you are being told you were "overpaid?" There's good news: you may be forgiven."I'm going to be on the street, probably, March 1 if this is not taken care of," says Michael...

February 19, 2021
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Man loses life savings after waiting too long to report $23K stolen from bank account

Man loses life savings after waiting too long to report $23K stolen from bank account

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy Jason Knowles CHICAGO -- Thieves are robbing banks without even walking into them, taking money right out of one man's life savings.Mechanic and small business owner Edward Swanigan is devastated, and now he's warning others to make sure you keep a close eye on your bank accounts and statements."It's taken a big toll. I'm really depressed," said Swanigan.Swanigan owns an auto repair shop in Chicago's K-Town. He's deposited money into his company account at his local Chase branch a couple times a month for 11 years.But this year was different."Someone from...

December 21, 2020
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Illinois IDES unemployment callback complaints persist, some say they waited months only to be hung up on

Illinois IDES unemployment callback complaints persist, some say they waited months only to be hung up on

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy and Ann Pistone CHICAGO (WLS) -- Dozens of people have contacted the I-Team about their inability to get a call back from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.Whether they're reaching out about unemployment benefits fraudulently filed in their name, or because they are out of work and waiting on a legitimate claim during the pandemic, they said they don't get a call back from the state within the two week goal."I'm beyond furious at this point. Not to be able to talk to someone," said Shelley Jaffe.For this story the I-Team talked to nine frustrated...

December 11, 2020
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Illinois unemployment PUA participants say state demanding they pay back thousands, slashing weekly benefits

Illinois unemployment PUA participants say state demanding they pay back thousands, slashing weekly benefits

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy and Ann Pistone CHICAGO (WLS) -- Several unemployed workers are being asked to pay back some of their unemployment benefits after the Illinois Department of Employment Security said they received too much money.The workers were also told their weekly benefits are being reduced. All are independent contractors and small business owners who qualified for benefits. They said they're being told pay the state back thousands of dollars, but aren't getting an explanation as to why."It's very frustrating because, you know, you look at this overpayment and then you...

July 21, 2020
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