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Remaining Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund debt paid off in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (WSIL) -- The State of Illinois has paid off the remaining portion of it's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Debt, according to state officials.

Gov. JB Pritzker, along with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, announced on Wednesday the state has officially repaid the remaining $1.36 billion debt.

Pritzker stated in a release the payment was made possible after an agreement was reached between the state, and representatives from business, labor, and bipartisan members of the General Assembly.

Gov. Pritzker then signed it into law.

“I’m proud to announce that today, we officially paid off our state’s UI Trust Fund debt—further fueling Illinois’ strong economic trajectory,” said Governor Pritzker. “This achievement will save Illinois businesses hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade, and will save taxpayers $20 million in interest costs that would otherwise have been due next September.”

“IDES is proud of the hard work and dedication it took members of the agreed bill process to achieve repayment of the UI Trust Fund debt,” said IDES Acting Director Ray Marchiori. “IDES is committed to ensuring the health of this critical state resource as we recover our economy from the pandemic.”

The agreed bill allocates $450 million to be placed into the trust fund from state funds as an interest-free loan.

As the loan is repaid over the next ten years, funds will be deposited directly into the state’s rainy-day fund.

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