SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced the state has been awarded a $6.8 million equity grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant will allow IDES to better understand and address equity gaps within the state’s unemployment insurance system. Using new demographic data and user insights, the Department intends to refine UI service delivery systems, processes, and communications for more equitable access and experience. This includes making information easier to understand, translating information into multiple languages, expanded self-service digital options, and increased outreach to community level organizations. To see the full range of services provided by IDES visit IDES.Illinois.gov.