(CHICAGO) The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has announced the regular unemployment rates for 2019 will be lower for more than 92% of the state’s employers who are required to register and pay state Unemployment Insurance taxes. Illinois business owners are on target to pay $1.9 billion in Unemployment Insurance taxes in 2018 and will pay $1.66 billion in 2019, down an estimated $240 million decrease. Visit the Department’s website for more details, at www.ides.illinois.gov.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is still scheduling appointments and accepting applications for winter heating assistance for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Meanwhile, the sign up for disconnected households and families with children ages 5 and under will start this coming Thursday, November 1. For a complete listing of requirements and to see what’s needed for an application, go online at www.liheapIllinois.com or call toll-free at 1-877-411-9276. All other individuals not eligible for priority enrollment cannot apply until December 1, 2018.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office is warning consumers interested in purchasing used vehicles to beware of flood-damaged cars and trucks resulting from flooding caused by recent Hurricanes Florence and Michael. In an effort to protect Illinois car-buyers, the Office has been instructed to closely monitor title applications involving potential flood vehicles from various storm-related parts of the country. In fact the Office is providing a link on its website, at www.cyberdriveillinois.com, to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s database of known hurricane-damaged vehicles that folks can check.