Employment Resource Guide

A Note from Representative Nikki Budzinski

Dear friend,

I came to Congress to lift up working families and help communities across Central and Southern Illinois thrive. A key part of that is ensuring that everyone has access to a good paying job. Whether you’re entering the job market for the first time or seeking a new role, I’m hopeful that our employment resources guide will be a helpful tool to improve access to new opportunities available throughout Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. If you have questions or need additional assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my offices in Belleville, Champaign, Decatur or Springfield.

I understand it’s hard for many folks right now. Higher prices on things like gas and groceries are making it tough for a lot of people. This greatly impacts those on fixed incomes, retirees and our valued public servants like teachers and military service members. No one should have their budget squeezed even more. 

Thankfully, there is good news we can build on. Our economy is continuing to create record numbers of good-paying jobs, and I hope anyone who may need assistance can take advantage of these great opportunities.

In this guide, you’ll find information on everything from emergency unemployment insurance and finding a new job to resources on starting a new small business or getting help with your bills and finances. 

I know things may be hard right now, but please know that my team and I are in your corner. Whether we agree on 90 percent of things or ten percent of things, my job is to serve you. Everyone deserves a government that works for them. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance.

My warmest regards,

Nikki Budzinski

Member of Congress

Illinois 13th District


District Resources

Staff in Congresswoman Budzinski’s offices in Belleville, Champaign, Decatur and Springfield are available for meetings with constituents Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

Finding a New Job

I understand it’s tough for many people right now. Though we’ve seen some economic uncertainty, we’re also seeing some key progress that can help people find new work. Our economy created a record-breaking 13 million jobs over the last two years and there are many opportunities available.

If you’re looking for a new job or a higher-paying job, here are some resources that may be able to help:

Start a New Business

For some, this may be an opportunity to branch out on their own and finally start the new business that they’ve been dreaming about. The past few years were the strongest on record for new small business applications. I’m working to build on this progress and ensure small businesses have the tools they need to thrive.

Here are some resources that can help local entrepreneurs in our region.

Help with Housing, Bills and Finances

I understand paying your bills can be especially difficult when you’re in between jobs. Thankfully, a variety of resources are available to help you. Please review all of these to see if they may be useful.

Help with Health Insurance

I know health insurance can be a concern after losing a job. Here are some resources that may be able to help you during this difficult time.

Additional Help

We’re here to help you however we can. You can always reach out to my offices in Belleville, Champaign, Decatur and Springfield for assistance. If you’re having issues with anything from the IRS to Social Security, please know that my office is here to serve you. For any VA related questions, please see my Veterans’ Resource Guide for further resources. For all other questions, concerns or general help with a federal agency, you can also reach my casework team here.