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i'm in the state of kansas. my employer shut the door on us employees in 2000. we have received one check from them, when the state of kansas filed in the courts. after that check, the state basically sat on our claim. with some phone calls i asked them to help us and on june 1st i received a letter from the state saying that since this company is in illinois that if they don't respond to the court order (that they just filed/second one) then there is nothing that the state of kansas can do. we would have to hire a lawyer and proceed in the state of illinois. this company owes 100,620.19 to appox. over 100 employees that where hung out to dry. i know that they have sister company's but i think that the state should be more willing to help us out. do i go ahead and get my own lawyer and go after the sister company's or can we go after the sister company's?....and why won't the state help us any more?...do i need to right a letter to my congressman?

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