SPRINGIELD, Ill. – With Illinois entering Phase 5 of the COVID-19 re-opening plan, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) remains closed.
The IDES has remained closed since March 2020 and currently has no planned date of opening, according to the IDES website.
The prolonged closure has caused some lawmakers to question why. State Rep. Adam Niemerg has called the IDES closure a “failure to the public” that has left citizens searching for answers and reaching out to elected officials for help.
Niemerg discussed a plan to open the doors at IDES and fix the issues the agency has been facing. The plan includes the opening of every IDES building in the state and addressing the problem of fraud and overpayment.
A spokesperson for the agency did not return messages seeking comment.