Database error delays Illinois unemployment checks for thousands

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- State officials say thousands of Illinoisans will have delayed unemployment checks this week due to computer problems.

Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesman Sam Salustro says about 29,000 people were supposed to be paid Wednesday.

He says the agency anticipates the system being operational Friday and those affected being paid by Friday.

The agency blamed the computer problems on a database error.