Those approved for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance before Dec. 26 and still eligible for benefits should continue to verify employment to avoid an interruption in payments, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The system is undergoing technical updates and testing to add 11 weeks of eligibility authorized under the Continued Assistance Act. It provides an additional $300 a week in supplemental benefits to those who receive at least $1 of regular or federal unemployment benefits a week.
Those whose benefits were exhausted may be eligible for additional payments. The Illinois Department of Employment Security is sending notifications to those affected.
Those who filed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Jan. 31 or later will be required to provide documentation verifying prior employment or self-employment within 21 days of application.
The Illinois unemployment rate has fallen below the threshold established for an additional seven weeks of employment benefits. Those who have received 13 weeks or more in employment benefits will transition to the maximum 11 additional weeks of Emergency Unemployment Compensation.
— Rochelle Eiselt