More than a 100,000 people in Illinois lost their jobs last week and now those folks are trying to apply for unemployment benefits. But the state’s online application system is buckling under the weight of the flood of applications. Governor JB Pritzker says he knows the process has been slow for many and he is talking to the state’s IT department, DO IT, daily to get the problem fixed. Pritzker says it’s far from perfect right now, but it is getting better.
17,000 people were able to apply for unemployment benefits on Thursday.