Illinois Department of Employment Security http://wuis.org en Unemployment Falls In Springfield, Decatur http://wuis.org/post/unemployment-falls-springfield-decatur <p>Unemployment in the Springfield metro area last month dropped to its lowest level in 6 years.&nbsp;&nbsp; The rate of 5.7 % is below both the state and national averages.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the Springfield area added 2,000 jobs last month, mostly in construction, educational and health services and retail.<br /> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:11:52 +0000 Sean Crawford 25704 at http://wuis.org Unemployment Falls In Springfield, Decatur State Manager Fined; Had Employees Do His Homework http://wuis.org/post/state-manager-fined-had-employees-do-his-homework <p>A former Illinois Department of Employment Security manager has been fined for directing his co-workers to do his college homework on taxpayer time. &nbsp;</p><p>An April 3 report by Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza&nbsp; says 63-year-old Clyde Redfield was fined $2,500. He resigned from his $71,000 job in 2012 after the allegations surfaced. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:55:03 +0000 Associated Press 22334 at http://wuis.org State Manager Fined; Had Employees Do His Homework Furloughed Workers Must Repay Unemployment http://wuis.org/post/furloughed-workers-must-repay-unemployment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois is continuing to deal with the effects of the federal government shutdown. The state agency that handles unemployment says hundreds of laid-off federal workers have to pay back their benefits.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the shutdown, the Illinois Department of Employment Security had a significant spike in calls from laid off federal workers. A few thousand applied for benefits, and 577 ultimately collected money.</span></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:46:56 +0000 Brian Mackey 11400 at http://wuis.org Furloughed Workers Must Repay Unemployment