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Democrats detail coming unemployment cuts

Dec 18, 2013
In The News

A handful of Illinois Democratic members of Congress Tuesday outlined county-by-county numbers of people who will lose unemployment benefits Dec. 28.

Their numbers come from the the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, was the only House member from Illinois to vote against a bipartisan budget deal, saying lawmakers should have extended unemployment benefits.

"That is inexcusable and Congress has an obligation to ensure that millions of people can keep their modest benefits," Schakowsky said in a statement.

As it is, people are set to lose benefits Dec. 28 if Congress doesn't extend benefits beyond the standard 26 weeks. Illinois has a higher unemployment rate than the national average.

Here are the suburban county-by-county numbers of people who will lose benefits Dec. 28. Members joining Schakowsky to call for an extension include U.S. Reps. Bill Foster of Naperville, Mike Quigley of Chicago and Brad Schneider of Deerfield.

Cook (with Chicago): 38,260
Kane: 3,086
Lake: 3,546
DuPage: 4,965
Will: 4,474
McHenry: 1,642