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The Wait for Chicago Social Security Hearings

Published on June 26th, 2009

As of June 26, 2009 the average processing times to obtain a social security hearing had worsened in the local Chicago area offices. The downtown Chicago office now takes 650 days to reach decision on an appeal. The south suburban Orland Park office takes 591 days and the west suburban Oak Brook Terrace office takes […]

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Social Security Claims On the Rise

Published on May 22nd, 2009

Nationwide, there has been an increase of 12.5% in new claims filed through May, 2009, compared with the same period last year. It is expected that the impact of the increase in new claims filed will reach the hearing level later this year, as denied claimants file their appeals.

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The Stimulus Act and Social Security

Published on February 17th, 2009

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the stimulus legislation into law. The Act provides for a one time stimulus payment of $250 to all beneficiaries of SSI and SSD. The Social Security Administration will also receive $500 million for processing disability and retirement workloads. According to a statement by the Commissioner, the SSA hopes […]

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2008 Cost of Living Adjustments and Other Changes

Published on November 20th, 2008

Persons receiving Disability Insurance Benefits will get a 2.3% cost of living increase. The SSI (Supplemental Security Income) maximum was increased to $637.00 per month. In order to receive a quarter of coverage in 2008, a person must have taxable gross earnings over $1,050.00. Persons who are collecting early retirement benefits, can now earn $1,130.00 […]

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Chicago Social Security Hearing Logjam Continues – October 2008

Published on October 9th, 2008

To everyone’s mounting frustration, the Social Security Administration still cannot bring a case to reasonably prompt hearing and decision. Back on December 10, 2007, the Chicago Tribune reported that “Lengthening delays in the resolution of Social Security disability claims have left hundreds of thousands of people in a kind of purgatory, waiting as long as […]

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