State officials say federal employees in Illinois who were furloughed during the shutdown have to repay unemployment insurance benefits. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says preliminary data shows of the 2,937 federal workers who applied for unemployment insurance, 577 were paid benefits. That represents a total of $231,174. The department says employees will be sent notices the money must be repaid. If it isn't, department officials can take steps to recover the money like garnishing tax refunds. IDES Director Jay Rowell says the partial shutdown "needlessly scared" scores of workers. The partial federal government shutdown lasted 16 days.
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