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Federal funding for extended benefits ending Sept. 11

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced on Friday that federal funding under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for extended benefits (EB) will end the week ending Sept. 11.

The remaining federal unemployment programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), will expire on Sept. 4.

The Illinois Unemployment Insurance (UI) Act requires federal funding for extended benefits to currently remain active. According to the United States Department of Labor’s interpretation of Section 9022 of ARPA, federal funding for EB will end on September 11. Because the federal . . .

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Fall events

Saturday, Sept. 24

  • Homewood Fall Fest and Chili Cook-off, noon to 9 p.m. Chili tasting is open to the public for a donation from 3 to 5 p.m. Three live music performances, plus horse-drawn wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, crafts and other activities.

Saturday, Oct. 15

  • Dia de los Muertos in downtown Homewood. Details to follow.

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