DeKALB – Elaine Cozort wasn’t happy to learn the Illinois Department of Employment Security office in DeKalb plans to close its doors in March.
Cozort is the Kishwaukee College Program Coordinator at the WorkNet Center, which shares space with the employment office in a building at 1701 East Lincoln Highway. The news of the IDES office closing came as quite a blow to many others at the center, as well.
“It’s definitely hard,” she said.
DeKalb’s employment office is one of many offices the state is closing because of approximately $7 million in federal funding cuts.
Other offices set to close this spring include those in Centralia, East St. Louis, Galesburg, Jacksonville, Mattoon and Murphysboro, leaving a total of 190 employees without jobs. The nearest employment offices to DeKalb County will now be in Ottawa and North Aurora.
Cozort said the deparment of employment security and the WorkNet Center have developed a strong relationship over the years.
However, Cozort said the center will continue to be a valuable resource for the unemployed by helping them with online job searches and resumes. The center also will keep working with businesses who are looking for employees.
IDES Director Jay Rowell encourages those who currently utilize the IDES offices to seek the department’s online services as an alternative. For those without internet access at their homes, public libraries do have the service available for patrons.