Illinois Unemployment

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2013 Update– Unemployment benefits have been extended through 2013. If you have not used up all of your federally extended benefits, you will be eligible to keep getting them this year.

How to file a claim for unemployment benefits in Illinois:

Illinois unemployment benefits only go back to the date you submit your claim. Therefore if you wait to file, you will not be paid for those days you waited.
  • The preferred and fastest way to file an initial claim for benefits is online at the following page: Illinois Department of Employment
  • If you aren’t able to file a claim online, you may file a claim in person by going to your local IDEA office or Illinois WorkNet center located closest to you. These centers are located throughout Illinois State. To find your closest office, please go to the following site and type your zip code in the area at the top left of the page: Illinois office locator

What information do you need?

When you file for unemployment it takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. To help speed up the process, have will want to have the following information on hand:
  • Your Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Information on all of your employer’s for the past 18 months, including: employer name,
    mailing address, employment dates, and reason for separation
  • State driver’s license, ID card, or your Alien Registration information if not a US
  • If you worked since Sunday of this week, the amount of gross wages earned this week

How to appeal a claim determination:

After you submit your initial claim a determination will be made as to whether or not you qualify for unemployment insurance.  Not every who submits a claim will be approved.  If you get a notice saying
that you have been denied benefits, you have the option to file an appeal regarding your claim determination: Unemployment insurance appeals

Unemployment extension options:

There are different tiers of extensions offered based on the unemployment status for each State. To learn about the Illinois State unemployment extension options please check out the following information on this page: Extensions


Illinois Department of
Employment Security (IDES)
Frequently Asked Questions
About Unemployment Benefits
Extension of Benefits
File an Appeal

Appeal Form
Job / Career Information
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