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Illinois plans stronger verification to stop thieves from stealing unemployment benefits

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A state audit covering the early months of the pandemic, released in July, found IDES paid hundreds of claims to people whose birthdays would have made them older than 90 or younger than 14, sometimes just weeks old. Lawmakers have since directed state auditors to do a deeper review of IDES’ unemployment programs after Senate Republicans accused the administration of Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, of hiding the scope of problems.

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