Breaking News Bar
posted: 8/19/2013 5:00 AM

Policy on school spending unfair to unemployed

Success - Article sent! close

It is completely unfair for the Illinois Department of Employment Security to prevent an unemployment beneficiary from receiving further education using the threat of withholding unemployment benefits. A recent unemployed person is forced to choose between receiving a further education and receiving their unemployment benefits.

This act of pure extortion by the Illinois Department of Employment Security lets the former employer off the hook for their unemployment contributions, even if the recently unemployed person from their company uses his or her own money to pay for their further education. What business is it of the Department of Employment Security how the unemployment benefits are spent anyway?

Getting an education in the United States is hard enough without this unfair policy in place. In fact, preventing the recently unemployed from spending their unemployment benefits on additional education essentially undermines the very purpose for which unemployment benefits were originally provided -- that is, for the recently unemployed to locate another job!

Sign this petition and include your comments so that it can be presented to the Illinois Department of Employment Security and even could be placed on an election ballot. With your assistance, we can get this unfair policy reversed. Petition URL:

Fred Wilkins


Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.