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Governor Rauner Signs Legislation to Aid Granite City Steel Mill Workers

​Bipartisan legislation will extend unemployment benefits to approximately 2,000 laid off workers

SPRINGFIELD (12/19/16) - Governor Bruce Rauner today signed Senate Bill 1941, legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits for up to an additional 26 weeks to approximately 2,000 workers laid off from the Granite City Steel Mill in 2015.
"This legislation will help the hard working families of the Metro East who lost their jobs through no fault of their own," said Governor Rauner. "While we are encouraged by the recent news that more than 200 jobs will return to the Granite City facility, we hope that by extending unemployment benefits we are able to help the other laid off workers bridge the gap until they are gainfully employed again. Our administration will continue to push to help the steel industry and other manufacturers create jobs through common sense reforms to grow jobs, lower property taxes, improve schools and enact term limits."
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