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BRIEF: Unemployment checks delayed by U.S. Postal Service error
[September 12, 2008]

BRIEF: Unemployment checks delayed by U.S. Postal Service error


(Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) (KRT) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sep. 12--CHICAGO -- An error on the part of the U.S. Postal Service delayed about 3,600 state unemployment checks that were supposed to have arrived Sept. 3, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday.

The Decatur area is among those experiencing delays, according to a news release.

Department Director Maureen O'Donnell said the department shares the frustration of those who have not received the payments.


"Although the U.S. Postal Service admits that they received delivery of checks, they have not yet been able to identify the location or time of delivery to the recipients," O'Donnell said.

O'Donnell said any persons still waiting on payment have the option to speed up the process by visiting an IDES office with two pieces of identification to request a replacement check. O'Donnell said a replacement check would be put in the mail the next day after such a request.

O'Donnell said signing up to receive payments electronically also helps eliminate the risk of incidents like these. All payments will go over to electronic methods starting Nov. 1.

Anyone waiting on a payment can look up local office locations at www.ides.state.il. us/ietc/wdc/centers.pdf

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