Illinois gets $2.3M to fight unemployment insurance fraud, abuse

Illinois gets $2.3M to fight unemployment insurance fraud, abuse

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - Federal officials have awarded the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) $2.3 million to enhance programs that guard against unemployment insurance waste, fraud and abuse.

"Fighting waste, fraud and abuse are not empty words. Our integrity programs have saved taxpayers more than $239 million in the past two years," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "The vast majority of workers enjoy the dignity that comes with earning a paycheck, just as the vast majority of employers respect their workforce and are a positive influence in their communities. Stealing from them hurts every taxpayer because it slows our economy and drives up the cost of doing business."

Officials say U.S. Department of Labor grant will be used to enhance existing anti-fraud programs and evaluate new initiatives.

Unemployment insurance benefits are funded through business contributions.

State officials say every $1 in unemployment insurance benefits generates about $2 in economic activity.

You can report fraud at (800) 814-0513, (312) 793-8333 or in writing at at the bottom of the page.

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