Illinois begins paying out extra $300 per week in federal unemployment aid

Illinois began paying out on Monday the extra $300 in weekly federal unemployment benefits contained in the latest pandemic relief legislation. The federal supplement runs for 11 weeks, through March 13. The payments issued this week are for the first benefit week ending Jan. 2, the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced via Twitter. Nearly 450,000 Illinoisans were set to lose benefits when multiple federal unemployment programs tied to the coronavirus relief package passed in the spring expired Dec. 26, according to the state. There were concerns unemployed Americans would lose …

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