Legislation aimed at reforming the state’s unemployment insurance system is now law.
State Sen. Bill Brady(R-Bloomington) was part of the months-long negotiations, and he was a chief co-sponsor of HB 1285.
"I want to commend all parties involved for working together to reach a reasonable deal that will reduce fraud and lower the costs of unemployment insurance", said Brady.
House Bill 1285 strengthens the standards for employee misconduct, stops Social Security age- and disability-based benefits from reducing unemployment benefits, and eliminates issues that could have increased taxes on employers by $470 million in 2016.
The bill is the result of six months of negotiations with legislators, labor leaders, employers and other stakeholders, led by the Governor’s office.
Republicans say this is a great first step in making Illinois more competitive so the state can attract more jobs and investment.