Well, according to Federal law, Illinois is NOT REQUIRED to claw back unemployment payments it made in error. And they are starting to give waivers to those who protest. The only thing the state can do is withhold from future unemployment payments, or from state tax refunds. I would tell them to sit tight until the law is clarified and some decisions are made in the coming months. I very much doubt the state is going to file lawsuits against unemployment people who cannot repay the state’s mistaken payments. So tell the students to relax and put this in the back of their mind for now.