Lawmakers: Some constituents suicidal in dealing with Illinois’ unemployment agency

Illinois state lawmakers say they have constituents who are suicidal because of continued frustrations around getting through to the state’s unemployment agency.

During a virtual hearing Thursday, committee members asked the Illinois Department of Employment Security about unemployment fraud, tax forms for those getting unemployment, overpayment waivers and other issues constituents are concerned about. Other lawmakers pushed for there to be an emergency line for constituents to call who are in crisis.

IDES officials said the reason their offices remain closed is because they worry about their employees getting threats from angry constituents.

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