Federal employees in Illinois, who were furloughed during the partial government shutdown must repay unemployment insurance benefits if they also received wages for the period they were not working, Illinois Department of Employment Security reminded employees Monday. During the partial shutdown, when federal officials promised that employees would receive wages for the days they didn't work, IDES offered the reminder that individuals who also sought unemployment insurance benefits for that same period would be required to repay the benefits. Preliminary date show of the 2937 federal workers in Illinois who applied for unemployment insurance, 577 took the new step to be paid a total of $231,174. These individuals will be sent notices the money must be repaid to IDES. If not, IDES can take steps to recover those dollars, including garnishing tax refunds.
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