20955789792 076b65566b b rJOLIET – In-person appointments and limited unemployment services are available to residents at the Illinois Department of Employment Security office in Joliet, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) announced.

“Working families right here in our community and all across the state have experienced debilitating struggles as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Connor said. “Through the restoration of in-person services, we can ensure that our neighbors are receiving the assistance they need and deserve to return to work and get back on their feet.”

Scheduled appointments are required at least 24 hours in advance for in-person assistance at 250 North Chicago St. in Joliet. To schedule an appointment, people should call the IDES Scheduling Hotline at 217-558-0401 and request a callback.

An appointment may be scheduled for one of the following reasons:

  • Identity verification for an unemployment insurance claim
  • Assistance registering with IllinoisJobLink.com
  • Assistance documenting work search activities
  • Employment services, including resume and job search guidance
  • Request to use the Resource Room to use computers with internet and other resources

Appointments will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. To ensure efficiency, each appointment will be 20 minutes, and visitors will be afforded a 10-minute grace period. In the coming weeks, IDES will continue to reopen additional offices on a phased basis and will announce the availability of phone appointments to further assist claimants.

IDES strongly encourages claimants to use the IDES website to apply and certify for benefits, enroll in direct deposit, change passwords, engage in work search and connect with employment services professionals, among other services. Claimants can also continue to speak with IDES experts over the phone by requesting a callback at 800-244-5631. If a callback is received at an inconvenient time, claimants may reschedule the callback for a specific time with a call center agent.

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Pet Expo Connor copyFINALPLAINFIELD – Local residents are invited to attend a pet expo hosted by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) and State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood).

“Pets are part of our families, too,” Connor said. “This is a fun and family-friendly opportunity for community members to bring their furry friends out to return some of the love they so unconditionally offer us.”

The expo is 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Clow Stephens Dog Park, 16676 S. Lily Cache Road, Plainfield, IL, and is free to attend.

Families are encouraged to come and bring their pets for an array of photo opportunities, training demonstrations, and other activities. Balloon animals and temporary tattoos and body glitter will be available for kids, and many local pet businesses will have booths with unique pet products for purchase. Free boxed lunches will also be provided for the first 100 people in attendance.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to bring their pets and have fun while learning about how to best take care of their furry family members,” Loughran Cappel said. “It will be a fun and educational day for families and their pets.”

More information is available from Senator Connor’s office at 815-207-4445 or Senator Loughran Cappel’s office at 815-267-6119.

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I Voted Energy Graphic TWSPRINGFIELD – Upon the passage of historic legislation that would make Illinois a leader in the clean energy sector, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) released the following statement:

“Members of my community depend on our nuclear generating stations to support our local economy, create revenue for our school districts, and provide livelihoods for our residents.

“I am proud to continue to be an advocate for Illinois’ nuclear fleet as we move toward a carbon-free energy future that protects our residents and their jobs. Today we have taken steps to put our state on the right track for sustainability and reliability.

“I hope we will continue to pass legislation that protects our economy and our environment for years into the future.”

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pexels pixabay 256455 rLOCKPORT – Patrons of local libraries will soon see service upgrades due to more than $521,000 in state grants, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) announced.

“Libraries are such a valuable resource to our communities,” Connor said. “Not only can residents borrow books and movies at the library, but they can access the internet reliably, use public computers and printers, or even just find a quiet space to study or work remotely.”

The $521,000 received by five local libraries is part of $18.1 million in grants awarded to 638 public libraries across the state. For more than 40 years, the Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants Program has helped public libraries with a low library tax base to ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

Libraries will use the grants from the secretary of state’s office to help fund new services and products, such as audiobooks, adult programming, dual language materials and more.

"Adequately funded libraries are able to best serve our communities and continue to provide a wide range of resources,” Connor said. “We have exceptional public libraries in our area, and I am pleased to see them receive the funds they deserve.”

The following libraries will receive funds:

  • Fountaindale Public Library District, $99,832
  • Three Rivers Public Library District, $39,235
  • Joliet Public Library, $218,686
  • White Oak Library District, $114,892
  • Woodridge Public Library, $48,632

For more information on the grants, people can visit the secretary of state’s website.

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Crest Hill, IL 60403
(815) 207-4445

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M122 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8800

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