State Representative Amy Grant (R-Wheaton) 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 still receives dozens of calls each week from frustrated Illinoisans who are unable to secure deserved unemployment benefits,” said Grant. “Secretary of State offices have reopened and so have Vehicle Emissions Testing facilities. The Governor’s own reopen plan states that businesses can reopen in Phase 3. Why is he holding back on reopening local IDES offices?”