Illinois is paying down another debt.
The state took a loan from the Federal Government during the pandemic to keep its unemployment trust fund afloat. The state made a $450 million payment today on the outstanding $1.8 billion loan. Governor JB Pritzker says with historically low unemployment the trust fund has a large enough balance to further reduce the outstanding loan.
Illinois originally took out a $4.5 billion loan to stabilize the trust fund at the start of the pandemic.