March 21, 2022

As Illinois Recovers from the COVID-19 Pandemic, Duckworth Meets with Comptroller Susana Mendoza


[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) last week met Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza and Assistant Comptroller Kevin Schoeben to discuss how together, they can continue working towards their shared goal of championing working families and Illinoisans throughout the state, and how federal support from the Democrat-backed American Rescue Plan, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and other policies are helping the state. A photo of the meeting is available here.

“As we recover from two years of a pandemic that turned our lives upside down, I’m proud to say that Democrats have consistently shown up for working Illinoisans during this crisis,” Duckworth said. “I’m glad to discuss how these federal initiatives have empowered Illinois and hear how diligently Comptroller Mendoza and her team are working to continue strengthening our state’s economy. I’ll keep doing all I can on the federal level, including through efforts like the recently introduced Continued Waiver of Interest on State Unemployment Loans During the Pandemic Act.”

“Our awesome U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth does so much to help Illinois taxpayers and we had a great conversation about the best way to do even more – extending the waiver on unemployment insurance and the increased Medicaid match, among other initiatives,” said Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza., “Senator Duckworth really understands the duty of a public servant to find new ways to help the people who sent her here.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, states, including Illinois, took out loans from the Federal Government to supplement their funding for unemployment insurance. To support states in the repayment process, Duckworth helped introduce the Continued Waiver of Interest on State Unemployment Loans During the Pandemic Act this month, which would extend the period of interest-free federal unemployment loans from September 6, 2021, to September 30, 2022.