SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - State officials say federal employees in Illinois who were furloughed during the shutdown have to repay unemployment insurance benefits.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Monday in a release that preliminary data shows that of the 2,937 federal workers who applied for unemployment insurance, 577 went on to be paid benefits. That represents a total of $231,174.
The department says that the employees will be sent notices that the money must be repaid. If it isn't, department officials can take steps to recover the money like garnishing tax refunds.
IDES Director Jay Rowell says the partial shutdown "needlessly scared" scores of workers.
The partial federal government shutdown lasted 16 days.
One of the largest employers in the St. Louis area might be forced to furlough its workers if the government shutdown.
Boeing spokesman Dan Beck tells the St. Louis Business Journal that the company's workforce reductions could be caused by customer-issued, stop-work orders, funding cuts, or a shortage of government inspectors. Boeing's workers at its Hazelwood-based Defense, Space & Security unit would be the ones affected by the furloughs.
The unit has over 15,000 full-time employees in St. Louis.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A spokesman for the Illinois National Guard and Air National Guard says more than 1,300 of its civilian employees will be taking unpaid furloughs as part of the automatic federal spending cuts that kicked in last month.
Capt. Dutch Grove tells the Belleville News-Democrat workers will be taking 14 days of furloughs through the end of this fiscal year. Those workers include 230 at Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois.
He says those furloughs are set to start in mid-June, but that details on how that will play out remains unclear.
The Scott base employs almost 5,600 civilian workers. It is located near Mascoutah. Base officials say those exempted from the furloughs include firefighters and others who hold jobs are considered essential for base safety and security.
The furloughs mean affected employees will work only four days each week for 22 weeks, and they'll lose the pay for those 22 days off.
Only civilian employees in jobs essential for base safety and security, like firefighters, will be spared.
The paper reports that budget analyst estimate the furloughs will cost the region at least $28 million in reduced spending. About 5,600 civilians work at Scott Air Force Base.