After six hours behind a table at a recent job fair, Michael King and Katy Chadwick started sifting through the piles of resumes they’d collected.
It had been a long day, and one of mixed productivity. Although traffic had been fairly brisk at Workplace Staffing’s table, quality applicants were far outweighed by people without the right kind of experience, people who’d dropped a resume on the table with barely a word to spare, people who’d shown up in sweatpants.Read more.
As school districts across the state contemplate how they’ll absorb teacher retirement costs if state leaders stop paying into educators’ pension plans, a Register Star analysis shows the burden here is likely to be in the tens of millions of dollars. Read more.
It is not Sharon Abels’ fault that she got $9,000 in unemployment checks she wasn’t supposed to receive.
No one seems to dispute this. Not Abels, 65, who was thrilled to hear from the Illinois Department of Employment Security in 2008 that she was eligible for an extension of her benefits and had no reason to question the notice.
Nor does the state employment agency, which has ruled Abels owes the money but hasn’t sued her to recoup the $9,000 or alleged any fraud took place.
Only one problem: The state lacks the authority to forgive Abels’ debt. It’s bound by law to try to collect the money.Read more.