Fraud Alert: Phishing Emails

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) was made aware of new phishing  attacks targeting Illinoisans. Bad actors posing as IDES representatives are sending emails to  victims, designed to trick Illinoisans into disclosing their personal information. These scams  falsely advertise an increase in weekly benefits.  

It is critical for claimants and victims of fraud to remain vigilant to detect fraudulent  correspondence: 

  • Follow steps from the FTC to recognize and avoid phishing scams. The emails will include tell-tale signs of a phishing scam, such as referring to the “Division of  Employment Security” as opposed to the “Department of Employment Security” and  arriving from an untrustworthy email address. (SEE EXAMPLES BELOW)

Strengthen and protect account information. Claimants should ensure they maintain a  strong password, and never share their personal information with an untrustworthy  source. Additional tips are available on IDES’s fraud webpage.


Additional Resources :

IDES: Fraud and Identity Theft Resources 

US Department of Justice: Press Release on New Unemployment Schemes 

USDOL Office of the Inspector General: Unemployment Insurance Phishing Fraud Alert

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Property Tax Exemption Webinar

Hope everyone is well. Mayor Rick Reinbold and the Village of Richton Park will be hosting a “Property Tax Exemption Webinar”. The event is scheduled for Tuesday March 23rd  @ 6:30pm to 7:30pm via Zoom. The webinar presenter will be Rich Township Assessor Sam Brown and staff, presenting on items relevant to South Suburban area residents and the current tax exemption process.

The event is open to all and attendees will be required to pre-register for the event. Register HERE!

After completing registration, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We look forward to your participation!


When: Mar 23, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Passcode: 386594

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Freedom from Modem/Router Rental Fees Act

The Freedom from Modem/Router Rental Fees Act would put an end to both modem and router fees and endless rental fees after equipment is paid off.

Please vote yes on House Bill 841/Senate Bill 513.

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Universal Broadband Assistance Act

The Universal Broadband Assistance Act would expand low income assistance programs to include broadband and internet to make it more affordable in Illinois.

Please vote yes on HB 2384/SB 1557 and help your community access the internet.

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Cook County Virtual Certification Workshop

Upcoming virtual workshop hosted by the Cook County Office of Contract Compliance on Wednesday, March 10th at 10:30 a.m.

This interactive workshop is for small businesses interested in becoming  MBE/WBE/VBE/SDVBE/PDBE certified!

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Special Enrollment Period (SEP) in Response to COVID-19

The Biden Administration announced a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) in Response to COVID-19 to reopen the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace February 15, 2021 through May 15, 2021. If you have experienced job loss and loss of health insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to remind you that the Illinois Department of Insurance and Get Covered Illinois (GCI) are here to help you answer questions about health insurance coverage. 

 Click HERE for more details!



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Rides to vaccination appointments available to Bremen, Orland township seniors

Orland Township is offering bus service to the Tinley Park Convention Center for Orland Township seniors who have already made an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Usually the Convention Center is out of township and incurs an additional cost, but for now Orland Township will charge the in-township rate of $3 one way and $6 round-trip. Rides are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. To get a ride, call the Orland Township Senior Transportation Department at (708) 403-4222.
Similarly, Bremen Township is offering its Senior Wheels service to township residents who have made vaccination appointments at the Convention Center. Rides are available from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and cost $2 one way and $4 round-trip. Since rides are offered in sedans, the number of seniors who can ride at one time is limited, and all riders must be from the same household. Those who are handicapped and/or in a wheelchair can use the Bremen Township bus service from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. To reserve a ride, please call (708) 687-8220 as soon as you have made an appointment.
Schedule your vaccine appointment at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or call the Cook County Vaccine Hotline at (833) 308-1988.

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135 Engineering Internships at Illinois Department of Transportation!

Greetings from the Diversity and Recruitment Section!

Please see attachments for requirements and details for each 2021 Summer Internship opportunity.  Complete applications must include the following documents and be submitted by fax, email, hand delivery or mail to the Bureau of Personnel Management by March 3, 2021 by 4:30 pm.

  • official or unofficial college transcripts; registrar offices may send transcripts in pdf format to: Dot.SummerApplications@Illinois.gov.
  • forms  284A Authorization for Release of Criminal Information and 284B Self Disclosure of Criminal History, these forms are also accessible on the website listed above.

No Interviews:

There are no interviews for internship positions.  Eligibility is determined solely on the completed application package.  Applicants should highlight relevant  education/coursework and experience within the application.


Mailing Address:

Illinois Department of Transportation

Bureau of Personnel Management, Room 113

2300 South Dirksen Parkway,

Springfield, IL 62764

Fax: 217/557-3134

Email: Dot.SummerApplications@Illinois.gov.

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Know Your Worth – Women’s Event

Join State Rep Debbie and guest speaker Toi Hutchinson for a discussion about Women and their worth in the community, workplace and family.

March 31st , 2021 @ 6:30pm via Zoom, Register HERE to receive the Zoom link.

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Legislator of the Year Award

Congrats to State Rep Debbie Meyers-Martin for receiving the Legislator of the Year Award!!

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