Unemployment Insurance Compromise Seen As Possible Budget Breakthrough
Changes are forthcoming to Illinois' unemployment insurance program. They’re expected to please both workers ... and employers. The measure on its way to the governor would make it easier for businesses to prove worker misconduct. That could decrease employer’s costs, by exempting them from having to pay benefits. Another part of the package advantages workers. No longer will an older, laid off worker see his unemployment benefit drop because he's on Social Security. The deal took months to negotiate, and was resolved ahead of an end-of-year deadline. Republican Representative David Harris of Arlington Heights says the agreement could be a template for breaking the standoff between lawmakers and the governor.
Governor Bruce Rauner is expected to sign the unemployment insurance measure into law; he says the changes will help grow jobs.