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Matt Mejia (from left), Tom Tuton, Ann Schmidt, all unemployed workers, are seen at the press conference with U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville), Teamsters Local 179 President Tom Flynn, Will County board member Don Moran (D-Romeoville) and unemployed carpenter Leon Theis.

Matt Mejia (from left), Tom Tuton, Ann Schmidt, all unemployed workers, are seen at the press conference with U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville), Teamsters Local 179 President Tom Flynn, Will County board member Don Moran (D-Romeoville) and unemployed carpenter Leon Theis.

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Local push to extend unemployment benefits

As the economy continues to sputter and with jobs both in and out of the trades remaining scarce, now is not the time to cut off emergency unemployment benefits to those who remain out of work.