State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Morrisonville) sent a letter to the Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security on Tuesday calling on the agency to reopen local offices throughout Illinois to more effectively serve residents in need of unemployment benefits amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter was co-signed by 25 members of the House Republican Caucus.
“My office is still hearing from dozens of constituents every week who cannot obtain unemployment benefits that are owed to them,” said Bourne. “In the Governor’s Phase 3 of the reopen plan, businesses can reopen with safety precautions in place. There is no reason why these local IDES offices are still closed, especially since so many people are still struggling to get their benefits. I’m joining my colleagues in urging the reopening of local IDES offices immediately.”