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Extra $300 In Unemployment Could Be Coming To People Out Of Work In Illinois

Gov. JB Pritzker said the state is applying to receive a federal supplement to unemployment benefits.

Thousands are applying for unemployment benefits in Illinois after being laid off due to COVID-19.
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CHICAGO — Extra unemployment pay could soon return to people who are out of work in Illinois.

Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday the state is applying to receive a federal supplement to unemployment benefits. The benefits would translate into an extra $300 weekly for people who have filed for unemployment.

If Illinois is approved, the state will be able to give the supplement benefits to people who are eligible retroactive to Aug. 1. To be eligible, residents must have already qualified for at least $100 per week in unemployment benefits.

The benefits became available earlier this month after President Donald Trump authorized the supplemental funding. Other states applied quicker and some have already started paying out to their residents.

At the start of the pandemic, Congress authorized a stimulus package that ensured people who filed for unemployment could get an extra $600 per week in benefits. That expired in July, though, and Congress hasn’t been able to come to a deal to bring back the supplemental benefits.

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