Unemployment Benefits at Risk

About 1,000 stateline residents are set to lose their unemployment benefits each week if the U.S. Senate can't approve another extension for laid-off workers.

Senator Dick Durbin tried getting the measure passed this morning but it was blocked by Republican Senator Jim bunning of Kentucky. Bunning argues he can't approve spending $10 billion more dollars when the deficit is already so high. This extension would have also provided subsidies to help pay health premiums through cobra and spared doctors from a 21% cut in medicare payments. Experts remind us to view unemployment benefits as temporary as we search for work.

"We continue to encourage people to honestly assess their skills to honestly assess what vocation or educational training they could better obtain to better position themselves in the market place for when this national recession receeds and job growth returns to Illinois." said Greg Rivara from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Benefits are set to begin expiring Sunday. Senate leaders say they'll keep trying to change Bunning's mind in hopes of voting again next week.

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  • by Danielle Location: Rockford, IL on Mar 4, 2010 at 08:06 AM
    I also find it funny how the president is pushing people to go to school for degrees for jobs that dont exisit and also how they expect me to live off of 15,000 a year with kids to support. A couple friends didnt get paid this week which means they cant pay rent. Its frustrating that there are no jobs and when you cant even get hired by mcdonalds or a gas station makes is worse. I guess they expect us to forclose and live on the streets while they sit pretty on their 100000 income. Our homeless shelter is over flowing but yet they still pull peoples only source of income.
  • by eric Location: rockford on Mar 1, 2010 at 04:31 PM
    this is gonna b fun i hope everyones ready for the ride!!!!!!
  • by Traci Location: Machesney Park on Mar 1, 2010 at 03:52 PM
    Maybe all the unemployed should go camp out on the man's lawn to show him the faces of those he impacted. I guess he didn't think about the fact that the same tax pool pays his salary. What does it matter where the money comes from for this when there are millions of dollars in earmarks from the same bills that continue to be paid. If he really cared about where the money comes from he would take a salary cut like the rest of us!
  • by Sara Location: Rockford on Mar 1, 2010 at 03:31 PM
    Ok. Does this person understand that even though we are unemployed and you have degrees that there is still NO JOBS. I have even applied at McDonalds. It is absolutly disgusting that I live in a World that would do this to people. Its bad enough that are ecomony that is still FAILING. I think everyone in the Senate needs to be put on a 30,000 a yr income and see how it feels for the middle class to struggle.
  • by Erin Location: Belvidere on Mar 1, 2010 at 08:00 AM
    Seriously? My husband and I have been laid off from the same place for a year. We also have 4 children that we provide for. It's hard enough keeping up on bills, but now some jerk wants to take that away? How could one person ruin it for thousands of people like us? It's not fair and I think it's ridiculous!! If there were decent paying jobs out there I would have one.
  • by Dislocated worker Location: Machesney Park on Mar 1, 2010 at 04:27 AM
    People like this republican senator make it hard to understand why any middle class Americans would ever vote republican.
  • by Mike Location: Rockford on Feb 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM
    Majority leader Harry Reid is the HEARTLESS SOB who started rejecting more extensions for benefits.Does everyone know that six families can stay in their homes and servive on what one of these B*****DS makes,and they don`t even care!THOSE HEARTLESS POLITITIONS don`t know what it`s like to wake up every day and look for a job just to find out that their are no jobs.They also don`t know what it`s like to wake up and worry and wonder if your going to have another unemployment check or are you going to have to make reservations at the ROCKFORD RESCUE MISSION!!!!Oh well they have a place to lay their head every night thanks to OUR TAX DOLLARS and thats all that counts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by jerry on Feb 27, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    this is why i gave up voteing why vote for others to make our lives miserble we can do that for ourselves
  • by Joanne Location: L.P on Feb 27, 2010 at 02:01 AM
    Great. Another way for our economy to go to hell and for people to lose their houses and all hope of recovery.
  • by Lookin For Work Location: Machesney Park on Feb 26, 2010 at 10:19 PM
    Yea, I would like to talk with this Kentucky Senator. This is a man that probably makes 6 figures a year, has 3 homes, and drives a couple B.M.W.'s. His 16 year old daughter probably got a brand new BMW for christmas last year. He has no idea what it is like for those of us who struggle every day to make the house payment, pay the gas bill, electric bill, and still put food on the table. I bet this guy was all for bailing out all of those business', but heven forbid the government actually bail out the hard working folks of this country who pay their healthy salaries. Most of us who are on enemployment did not choose to be there, we were forced into this situation. I want to know how this senator expects those who are currently on unemployment to live when there are no jobs to be had, and now, because of him, will not be making any money. This man seems to be for making the poor poorer and the rich richer.
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