Mayor: Danville needs unemployment workers more

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Danville (AP) -- The mayor of Danville wants the state to reconsider plans to move some unemployment services workers from Danville to Champaign.

 

The News-Gazette in Champaign reports Mayor Scott Eisenhauer has written to Gov. Pat Quinn's office asking that services be consolidated instead in Danville, which he says has greater need.

 

Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesman Greg Rivara says the agency has been merging unemployment services throughout the state to save money.

 

Rivara says the agency is encouraging people who are out of work to apply for benefits on the agency's website or by calling a toll-free number.

 

The Danville staff will go from 11 workers to two. Rivara says there won't be layoffs and the other workers will be transferred, some to Champaign.

 

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