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1,100 Illinois inmates getting unemployment

CHICAGO -- State officials say they have found about 1,100 inmates who improperly collected more than $2 million in unemployment benefits.

Illinois Department of Employment Security officials on Tuesday told The Associated Press several inmates collecting unemployment could face prosecution. Department spokesman Greg Rivara says the agency will try to get recipients to voluntarily repay the money, and garnish state and federal tax returns to help recover the money.

One Cook County inmate collected almost $43,000. ... continues...

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