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$2.3 million given to help cut fraud

Published: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Department of Employment Security has been awarded a $2.3 million federal grant to spend on efforts aimed at cutting waste and fraud in the unemployment insurance program.

The department said Wednesday it will use the money on existing anti-fraud programs and to try out new efforts.

Department Director Jay Rowell said the agency has cut waste, fraud, and related problems by $239 million over the past 2 years.

The grant money comes from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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