FREEPORT – U.S. Rep. Brian Stewart R-Freeport has called on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to act as quickly as possible to get unemployment benefits to self-employed gig workers.

Gig workers make up 18% of Illinois’ workforce, according to the ADP Research Institute. Under the recently-signed federal stimulus law, these workers are now eligible for unemployment benefits and states must modify their websites in order to review these claims.

No modification has been made to the Illinois Department of Employment Security's website, so no claims can be submitted. Illinois lawmakers have been told that the IDES website will not be able to accept claims until May 11.

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