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Are you willing to actively look for a job?

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Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?

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Did you earn at least $ 1600 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Apr 2013 - Jun 2013 to Jan 2014 - Mar 2014

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Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?

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Were you fired for no fault of your own?

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Were you laid off for no fault of your own?

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State Name: Illinois

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Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: Illinois (IL)
    Phone Number: (800) 244-5631; TTY (866) 322-8357. Employer Hotline: (800) 247-4984; Employers calling for assistance: (877) 342-7533; Media Inquiry - (877) 566-6230
    File Online: http://www.ides.state.il.us/
    Major Towns: Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Springfield, Peoria, Elgin, Waukegan, and Cicero.

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Illinois

    Illinois Unemployment Questions


    If I file an appeal of a decision, do I need an attorney?
    The appeals process is administrative in nature and the majority of appeals hearings are held without attorneys. Your employer may be represented by an attorney or a tax consultant, but it is strictly your decision as to whether or not an attorney is needed.
    If you do not want to hire a private attorney but feel you need professional advice for handling an appeal, you may qualify for limited free legal services - provided your claim is judged by the legal service provider to be a valid one, i.e. a position that appears to be well-grounded in fact and answers the requirements of the law.

    Will the appeal process stop my unemployment benefits?

    No. If benefits have been awarded, an appeal does not stop payment of benefits as long as other requirements are met.
    However, if benefits are awarded and an appeal changes the decision to a disqualification, then benefits will be stopped. If the decision is reversed at the referee level, you will be required to repay any money you received.

    Direct Payment
    Illinois Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits are paid through a debit card, unless you elect to receive payment by direct deposit to a checking or savings account.
    Before any benefits can be paid on a new claim, you must serve a non-paid "waiting week". Electronic payments made to eligible individuals are generally available within 2-3 business days of certification.

    What is the difference between Certify and Re-Open a UI claim?
    Certifying for benefits must be done every two weeks to ensure you remain eligible and can receive a benefit payment. Re-opening a claim is different. A customer re-opens when they have collected unemployment insurance benefits, returned to work for a period of time, and was laid off again within the same benefit year as their original layoff. That period of time could be as long as many months or as short as one week.

    I opened my UI claim through Tele-Serve but now I can’t certify, why?
    Any time you earn over your weekly benefit amount on a previous certification or have a new period of employment an additional claim must be filed either online or at your local office for residence of Illinois. If you reside outside the state of Illinois you may file online or by contacting our Interstate Benefit team at (800) 344-5573 (choose Option 1 for Claims, then option 2 for interstate claims).

    I am trying to register online for UI but getting I keep getting a message I can't be validated, what does this mean?
    The social security number, name and date of birth you enter are matched against the data we have for the social security number. If the information does not match exactly, you will not be able to use the online services. Claims may be filed in person at a local IDES office.

    How are weekly benefit amounts determined?

    Your weekly benefit amount is determined by the total wages paid to you by each of your employers during your "base" period. Your base period consists of the first four of the last five quarters (three-month periods) where you earned wages, going back from the time of your initial claim for benefits.

    To be monetarily eligible for benefits, you must have been paid wages of at least $1,600 for insured work during your base period. Of this amount, at least $440 must have been paid to you outside of the base period quarter in which your wages were the highest. Effective for benefit years beginning on or after January 1, 2008, if you have not earned sufficient wages during the base period described above, we will try to establish your eligibility using a base period consisting of the last four completed quarters.

    If you have a dependent child or a dependent unemployed spouse, you may also receive an allowance for one of them.



    When do I get paid after I certify for unemployment insurance benefits?
    On eligible claims, payment can be expected on your state issued debit card or by direct deposit 48 to 72 business hours after certifications.

    How many weeks of Extended Unemployment Insurance Benefits will I receive?
    If you are eligible for Extended Benefits (EB), you will receive up to 20 weeks of additional benefits.

    What if I miss my call date (to certify)?
    If you miss your regular call day (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday), you may still certify on Thursday or Friday of that same week, either online or by calling (Tele-Serve). You may also certify on your regular call day in the following week (or Thursday or Friday of that week). Payment of benefits will be based on certifying for benefits in a timely manner and meeting the eligibility requirements of the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act.

    What if I do not meet the work search requirements for extended UI benefits, or fail to mail or fax my Extended Benefits Work Search form?
    If you do not send in your work search document or it is incomplete, you will be denied EB benefits indefinitely until you return to work for at least 4 weeks and earn at least 4 times your weekly benefit amount. If you are aware you do not meet the work search requirements when you certify for benefits through TeleServe you should answer "no" to the question regarding whether you conducted a systematic and sustained search for work. By answering no, you will be waiving payment for this week but this will prevent an indefinite denial for all future EB weeks.


Questions & Answers

  1. Paula Burgin says:

    I left my job in California on November 11th 2011 to come back to my home town in Illinois to take care of my Mother after my Father died on September 26th 2011. I was collecting from California but funds have stopped.

    • kathy says:

      I am so sorry for your loss.

      I am not sure if California has extensions at this time (don’t think they do – but look into it). Do you have any earnings at all in Illinois? Any amount at all and if Illinois has extensions, you might qualify there.

  2. matthew novak says:

    I had surgery done can I still collect unemployment

  3. RosalindaVences says:

    I lost my job 07-01-13 are very slowly and no work for me

  4. Alejandro Corona says:

    I was self employed for the past 3 yrs., just went out of business,I filed income tax, can I benefit from unemployment benefits? And how can I file.

  5. Marge says:

    I was laid off this past Friday. The company has given me a 6 week severance paid out weekly. Can I apply for unemployment while looking for work?

  6. mary hickey says:

    do i qualify for unemployment benefits if i am on maternity leave without pay?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Mary,

      You cannot claim unemployment benefits while on a maternity leave. Please check if disability insurance can help.

  7. Damion wilmoth says:

    I work for ford assblmey plant and i do not have vaction time since i just startd but the first week of July they shut the plant down ive heard i can fil for unemployment is this true

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Damion,

      If the plant shuts down and you are rendered jobless, then you are mostly eligible to receive benefits. But please note that there are other eligibility requirements like the duration you worked, the amount you earned etc. You will have to meet these requirements to qualify for benefits. Once you qualify, you have to satisfy other requirements which involve searching for work and being able and available to work.

  8. Caroline Zermuehlen says:

    Currently, I am working part time, 18-20 hours per week, and soon will be “laid off” due to lack of work. I am collecting Social Security benefits. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Caroline,

      Anything below 32 hours is usually considered part time and if the company reduced your working hours, you can go ahead and apply for unemployment benefits. You will have to declare the amount you receive as SS benefits during the filing and/or weekly claim process.

  9. mahendrabhai says:

    I got laidoff on 10th may 2013. can ai file unemployment benifi claim on 27th april 2013

  10. Vera says:

    I am recently unemployed due to health issues. Severe anxiety and depression required that I resign from my previous employer. I am currently living with my daughter as I have no income at all. What do I need to do to qualify for assistance. Also, I lived in Columbus,Ohio up until 4/1/13. Do I have to go through Ohio, or can I apply here in Chicago?

  11. Roxanne Sarno says:

    I have worked for my company for almost 26 years. My job is being changed to a part time position. Can I collect unemployment for the rest of the hours

  12. Patrick Gleason says:

    I was off work for a wk knew I was getting holiday pay but still was under the allowed income to collect ump for the wk..I just found out the company paid us a bonus in the same check with the holiday pay .It was last mo. bonus..now with that it puts me over allowed income..do I have to claim the bonus when I certify??

  13. cindy george says:

    if a person has been laid off – collecting Unemployment – has been offered a job as an independent contractor – for 6 month term – with hope that it will turn into a ful ltime job- -if after that 6 months – there is no full time job offered to perosn –will he still be elibile to collect Unemployment agian ?

  14. Brian Ritchey says:

    I had a back injury with my last employer….had a doctors excuse to be off work…..I felt better…told them i was coming in..and on that day i was shut out of the plant…and they called later said they didnt need me anymore….do i qualify for unemployment benefits???

  15. JIM WALBERER says:

    I NEED TO MOVE TO COLORADO TO BE NEAR MY SON WHO IS STATIONED IN FORT CARSON. I WILL HAVE TO QUIT MY JOB. I WILL NOT HAVE A JOB WHEN I GET THERE. AM I ELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS. HE NEEDS HIS FAMILY BY HIM AFTER THIS LAST TOUR IN AFGANISTAN.

  16. Tammy says:

    I have currently been on Unemployment in 2012. I understand you get 25 weeks of UE and then they offered an extension till 12/29/12 due to the amount of people on UE. Since, that term is over, is there any other way of getting any kind of extension in 2013, because I still haven’t been able to find a job. Please let me know. I would appreciate it.

    Thank you,
    Tammy

  17. beth bryan says:

    i work 27 hours a week at one job and 6 to 12 hours a week at another. I just got fired from the 27 hour a week job due to a new gal that complained about me (3 times) so they choose to terminate me.am i able to get unemployment for that job even tho i still have the other job? I have been with this school for 4 school years but only 3 years total

  18. martha mcgowan says:

    if I quit my job can I draw unemployment?

  19. Trent Hamilton says:

    My Job is going to 32 hour work weeks. And the. Shutting down during thanksgiving week and Christmas week.
    Can I claim the 1 day a week through unemployment?

  20. Tim Ryan says:

    I live in Illinois…I worked in Wisconsin until Saturday, 10/20/2012, when I was fired…where do I file for unemployment???…thank you…

    Tim Ryan

    • neha says:

      Every state makes its own guidelines for paying unemployment benefits. If you live in Illinois and worked in Wisconsin, you may wonder in which state you should file for benefits. You might think you would be better off filing in the state that paid the highest benefit, but you don’t get that choice. You should file in the state where you worked, regardless of where you live.

  21. Joanna says:

    Can i file for compensation if i am employed but only gets 10hours or even zero hours a week?

  22. Joe Schmidt says:

    If I live in Wisconsin but work in Illinois do I file in Illinois.
    Thanks

  23. Ron Kaczorowski says:

    If I am collecting ss can I still apply for Unemployment comp?

  24. tom says:

    i am employed by hostess brands who is currently in bankruptcy.its a union job and they are giving us a final offer. if we refuse the offer they will imediately liquidate the company. am i eligible for unemployment. a warn notice has been sent saying my employment may come to and end.

  25. ingrid says:

    If your on uemployment benefits and you choose to apply for a job that is only offering 4 hours a day at $12.00 an hour would this be enough hours for uemployment benefits termination status.

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  27. David VanStone says:

    Dear Sirs,

    I have not received a W-2 or 1099 showing my unemployment earnings for the years 2010 and 2011. How do I get these and why aren’t they sent out automatically?

    Dave VanStone
    Flower Mound, TX

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