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The federal government recently approved a stimulus package which enhances existing unemployment benefits and also creates entirely new benefits - the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) - for those who were not eligible for unemployment benefits before.  Once the package is implemented in Illinois, individuals receiving unemployment benefits will receive an additional $600 each week above their regular unemployment benefits through 7/31/20.  

Those interested in PUA are advised NOT to call the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) to make inquiries or asking to sign up, or go online to apply for these benefits, as doing so will contribute to delays in delivering these benefits during this critical time. IDES will make an announcement and make applications available via phone and online once the program is ready to roll out.