Dr. King was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Ga. The civil rights
leader was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968. Four
days later, legislation was introduced in Congress to make his
birthday a national holiday, but was not enacted into law until
1983. Ten years earlier, in 1973, Illinois was among the first
states in the Union to honor King with a state holiday.
Although IDES offices will close, services will be available at
Individuals can file for first-time unemployment benefits; certify
for benefits, which is necessary to receive payment; and switch that
method of payment to direct deposit. Because Jan. 21 is a federal
banking holiday, the availability of some benefit payments might be
delayed. The IDES does not determine federal banking holidays.
IDES customers also can use the website to manage their benefit
payments. For benefit payments, the department encourages direct
deposit. Direct deposit is a simple, smart and secure way to receive
benefits. Debit cards also are available. There are no fees
associated with a debit card at point-of-service counters that
accept MasterCard, such as grocery stores, drugstores and
convenience stores. Cash is available after qualifying purchases.
Fees likely will be assessed with out-of-network ATM machines.'
Illinois added 174,600 private sector jobs since January 2010,
when job growth returned to Illinois following nearly two years of
consecutive monthly losses. Leading growth sectors are professional
and business services, up 84,800; manufacturing, up 45,100; and
education and health services, up 42,000. Government has lost the
most jobs since January 2010, down 28,800.
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is the revamped IDES employment website that links job-seekers with
ready-to-hire employers. This no-cost, online career resource allows
individuals to create multiple resumes that emphasize different
talents and allows businesses to search for specific skills. The
keyword-matching technology increases the likelihood of a successful
new hire. Illinois JobLink emphasizes Illinois jobs, scrapes other
commercial job boards and compares favorably with private efforts
that cost hundreds of dollars for a single advertisement. Business
leaders can access no-cost human resources recruitment services
provided by IDES by calling 877-342-7533.
Department of Employment Security
file received from
Illinois Office of
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