“As the nation’s economic challenges weigh heavily on Illinois – and specifically on Granite City – I’ve sent Illinois’ Rapid Response team to help these workers and their families through this period of time,” said Governor Blagojevich. “I encourage workers to take advantage of the wide array of resources that the Rapid Response team can provide to help them put food on the table and prepare for future employment.”
“Our Rapid Response team is on the ground assisting the workers impacted by U.S. Steel’s recent announcement, offering programs like the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, All Kids, and Illinois workNet to assist workers during these difficult times,” said Jack Lavin, DCEO director. “It is crucial to connect these workers with the right services to maintain and support a strong, skilled, well-trained workforce.”
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will also make special efforts to serve the affected workers, answer questions regarding unemployment insurance and aid in the filing of unemployment insurance claims. Workers who have been impacted can visit the IDES website at www.ides.state.il.us to file for benefits and to begin receiving much needed funds quickly.
“The national economy has made it difficult for thousands of our workers and business owners. We want to make it easier for everyone to receive the insurance benefits they earned,” said Maureen O’Donnell, IDES director. “The website is a fast, safe and convenient way to file for unemployment benefits that workers will need during this time.”