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.
For months, drivers had a hard time leaving Illinois without passing a billboard begging the state’s businesses to leave the Land of Lincoln, too.
Both Wisconsin and Indiana launched separate but equally pointed public relations campaigns after Gov. Pat Quinn approved a set of tax rate hikes in January. Although both states have cooled their ad campaigns, other states — South Dakota being the latest — continue to make public pushes in the Prairie State for disaffected Illinois businesses. Read more.
At the end of the second part of a morning-long surgery Tuesday, Rockford veterinarian Charles Wimmer fully extended the hind legs of his patient, a German shepherd named Gunther, to test their flexibility.
Gunther’s owner, Kari Kobus, was amazed.
“That’s the most his leg has been able to extend for months,” she said. Read more.