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More problems for Pritzker’s broken IDES



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William Klein would like to let the state know about the fraud going on in his name.

He’d like to let the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) know that he’s one of those people who was notified that he has unemployment benefits coming even though he never applied for them. That’s what the state wants people like Klein to do.

There’s a toll free number to call to report the fraud. Klein called it. And he called it. And he called it.

“I tried the 800 number all day to no avail,” Klein said.

Klein, who lives in Springfield, isn’t alone. People like Klein find out their personal information has been compromised when they receive a notice that they will receive benefits or a debit card that provides money once it is activated.

John Dunn of Springfield said he got a card Monday that was issued in his mother’s name. It was mailed to his address even though his mother never lived there. He knew the card was issued incorrectly because his mother died in 2016 at the age of 99. He said she hadn’t been employed for 25 to 30 years prior to that.

Dunn, too, tried to notify the state after IDES issued a warning that the fraud was happening and people should report it.



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