Illinois’ Unemployment Trust Fund; Gov. Pritzker gives update


ILLINOIS — Unemployment benefits in Illinois are paid from the Unemployment Trust Fund and that fund is $4.5 billion in debt.

Gov. JB Pritzker has scheduled a 9 a.m. press conference Tuesday to, “offer an update on” the fund’s repayment. This event will be livestreamed in its entirety within this story beginning at approximately 9 a.m.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security borrowed federal funds to continue making unemployment benefit payments during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It made a similar move during the 2008 Great Recession when it borrowed $1.4 billion. It was repaid in five years through a joint funding agreement with the state’s business community.

This story will be updated shortly after the press conference. Check back later for details.

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