Actually, the reason being given is a "database error," but whatever you may call it, the result is the same: delayed payment.

Around 30,000 people were to be paid on Wednesday, but due to the database error those payments should go out on Friday.

Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesman Sam Salustro says the agency anticipates the system being operational Friday and those affected being paid by Friday. The department says its employees will "continue to work all hours until the issue is fully fixed."

The agency blamed the computer problems on a database error. It's affecting transactions via the department's website and from mobile devices. Officials say anyone needing to file unemployment claims or certify their unemployment status before the problem is fixed should visit an IDES office or call 800-244-5631.


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