RI County fined $10K for unemployment reporting failure


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Posted Online: Feb. 18, 2014, 11:01 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
ROCK ISLAND -- Rock Island County has paid a $10,712 fine to the Illinois Department of Employment Security for not meeting reporting requirements.

The county failed to file a report related to unemployment insurance on time, said Rock Island County Board member Nick Camlin, D-Rock Island. IDES used to require quarterly reports, he said, but changed the rules last year and began requiring monthly reports.

"HR (the county's human resources department) dropped the ball on this one," said Mr. Camlin, who chairs the county's human resources committee.

The county unsuccessfully attempted to appeal the fine, which Mr. Camlin told county board members at Tuesday's meeting.

County board members on Tuesday also discussed a proposal to put a Hope Creek Care Center referendum question on the November ballot. The question is expected to ask voters to pay higher property taxes to support the county-owned nursing home.

The county board has yet to finalized the wording of the question.

Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee said Illinois statutes require the county to limit the tax increase to a certain number of years in the referendum question. He has suggested a four-year limit on the tax increase.

County board member Kim Callaway Thompson, D-Rock Island, said it was unclear if four years of higher revenue would be enough to meet Hope Creek's needs. She said the ballot question will be discussed at committee level before it is presented to the full board for approval.

Hope Creek is struggling financially, according to county officials who cite cutbacks in Medicaid funding from the state.

















 



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