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Illinois Unemployment Application

Ways To Claim Benefits –

  • Apply Online: This the fastest and easiest way to claim Unemployment Insurance. Establish a username and password to begin your claim. Write down your log-in information for future reference. Keeping information and paper work handy will help you file within 30 to 45 minutes.
  • File over the Phone: Call IDES at (800) 244-5631 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for state holidays. Hearing-impaired applicants can call (866) 322-8357.
  • Visit your Local IDES Office: Find the nearest IDES office and submit your claim in-person. Expect to wait in line and be sure to bring the required documents. Regular office hours are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, except State holidays.

Information required to file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim online –

Personal Information –

  • Social Security Number and Name as it appears on your Social Security card.
  • If claiming your spouse or child as dependents, the Social Security Number, Date of Birth and name of dependent(s).
  • If you are not a United States citizen, your Alien Registration Information.

Employment History –
Employer’s name, mailing address, phone numbers, employment dates and separation reason for all the employers you worked for in the last 18 months.

Gross Wages –

  • Gross wages are the amount earned before any deductions, not “take home pay”.
  • You must report all gross wages for any work performed, full or part-time. Wages in the form of lodging, meals, merchandise or any other form should be included.
  • Gross wages must be reported the week in which they are earned, not the week in which you receive the wages.
  • If your gross wages earned in any week are less than your weekly benefit amount, you still may be eligible to receive a full or partial benefit payment.

Veteran –
If you are a recently separated veteran, bring in the Member 4 Copy of the DD form 214 / 215.

Information required to file an Unemployment Insurance claim at my local office or WorkNet center –

In addition to everything listed above, you will need –
Two forms of identification, at least one containing your Social Security number.

More on Illinois Unemployment –
Want to know how much you will receive as unemployment benefits? Calculate Benefits
Got questions? Here is our Q&A Section
Determine you eligibility to receive unemployment benefits in the state of Illinois –> Check Eligibility

Questions & Answers

  1. Tiffany pinkston says:

    What does adjudicator determination and the trade act of 1974 mean I was denied and that was the reasons they gave me why

    • Martin says:

      Determination by the Adjudicator means that your claim was escalated to an Appeals team due to a conflict or a dispute.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details in this regard.

  2. Mona says:

    how do I find the resumes of candidate who are looking for jobs in Logistics and freight forwarding field, can send me the link where I can find right candidate

    • Martin says:

      Please note this website deals exclusively with Unemployment Insurance benefits. Please check on other competitive websites for your requirement or visit the Labor Office for assistance.

  3. Kenneth Fuller says:

    when trying to apply online for benefits I too am being redirected to a credit score site that wants me to pay for a credit score and will not take me to the application unless I signup for it first and then it sends me auto emails to complete it and warns if I don’t I risk the opportunity to get benefits, I believe this is a scam and unfair. Is there another direct site I can use to apply online?

  4. britt says:

    I think its very shady this site keeps redirecting me to apply for my credit score by entering credit card information. I do not need to check my credit score. I should not have to call them to cancel and if I don’t I will be automatically charged. I know my score.

  5. Sheri says:

    I want to add to the previous statement.I owe IDES money because I was over paid by them years ago and they take my tax refund if I have one . If I was fired and qualify will I still be able to collect benefits?

  6. Sheri says:

    if I lost my job and was overpaid and owe money to them, will I still receive benefits ? They take my tax refund every year also

  7. sangeeta Gupta says:

    I need to apply for unemplayment benefits, where i can do that?

  8. Maria says:

    I live in California, however paid Illinois state taxes. I do not see where my employer paid Unemployment taxes or insurance taken from my check stub. I am not a 1099 employee, does this mean I am not eligible for unemployment benefits because I don’t see FUTA or SUTA being taken out of my pay check?

    • Martin says:

      You may not be eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

      Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  9. Donna Yates says:

    I’m working as an independent contractor (1099). Am I eligible for unemployment insurance?

    • Martin says:

      Independent contractors are not eligible in most of the states.

      Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  10. winston bell says:

    I was told I can resign from my job or be fired over a argument so I resigned so it’d look better when I apply for jobs

  11. Mike Smith says:

    I want to apply for Unemployment Benefits. I feel the ex-employer will fight paying. Is it important to use the correct words/language in my appliction & subsequent communications? I am finding very vague info on internet!

    • Adrian says:

      Please provide more details surrounding your question. If there is a dispute and wrongfully denied,you can always appeal.

  12. Kelly says:

    Over the past several years my company has cut my pay and hours and has been struggling for years. Recently the CEO left and there is now talk that he have stolen money from the company and essentially stolen money from the employees when he cut our pay – I’ve had to cut my hours down to save on daycare costs and have had to alter my entire live for me and my two kids. The company is in huge trouble and I’m caught between a rock and a hard place. Can I give my notice and collect unemployment? It’s to the point where working is just as bad as not. Also, if your on unemployment and you want to go to school does that hurt you in any way with regards to being able and willing to work?

    Thank you.

    • Adrian says:

      I can understand your plight. Unfortunately,the UI system does not consider these aspects.

      Go ahead and contact the labor dept in your state and consult them before deciding to move out.

  13. Rochelle says:

    I have filed for unemployment on 6-3-2014 have not heard anything either from unemployment or past employer

  14. Rochelle says:

    I have filed for unemployment on 6-3-2014 have not heard anything from either the unemployment office or past employer

  15. Brandi Johnson says:

    I have been laid off from my full-time office job I have been working at for the last six months. I also was a substitute teacher (they don’t pay into unemployment) occasionally. Do I list just my full time job I was laid off from?

  16. mike says:

    My question is, I originally quit driveing over the road truck, to get a job locally. I just started working to days and had an accident at home to wich I broke my right ankle. Im not going to be able to work for a while…..can I draw unemployment????

    • Adrian says:

      UI benefits are extended to those are physically fit and are able to work.

      Please explore other benefits like Workers compensation to see if there are any benefits for your condition.

  17. mary says:

    my last day of work is may 20th when can i apply. and what percentage do i get its me and my 2 kids

  18. K says:

    I’ve been forced to resign because I need to take a personal leave of absence from May 28 – August 31, and the faculty at my job decided that I have to resign, rather than grant the request. My husband and I have insurance through our job and can’t afford COBRA, and we both have some health problems. What are our options for unemployment benefits so we can use government-provided insurance? Thanks very much.

    • Adrian says:

      All options are open if you lost your job due to no fault of your own.Remember,you must be actively looking for a job must be willing to accept a suitable offer that may come your way.

      Please log onto the website of the labor dept in your state and apply online or by phone.

  19. James says:

    I quit my job on 12/31/2013. I moved to Kansas to live with my girlfriend and my son. My girlfriend needed assistance with her father, who had cancer. Am I eligible?

    • Adrian says:

      They will inquire on the background of your last job and the reason for leaving.

      Since your movement sounds valid, please go ahead and consider applying.You must be actively looking for a job and be willing to accept a suitable offer that comes your way.

  20. Megan says:

    I’m currently on maternity leave, planning to go back to work April 1st. There are rumors about possible lay offs in the spring. I have been on bed rest for last 6 months of pregnancy. So if I was to get laid off would I still qualify for unemployment?

  21. Donna J. Smith says:

    My job was eliminated, but I have another part time job… Can I still apply for unemployment benefits?

    • beltway says:

      Yes, you can apply for unemployment insurance for the min hours now worked in a week.Go ahead and apply for benefits.

  22. Kim says:

    Was laid off 11-7-2013, how long do I have to file unemployment. Is there a certain number of days before I’m no longer eligible? Leaving town for a week.

  23. Cathy says:

    My position at my company has been terminated. I have been offered a small severance package. If I accept the severance package am I still eligible for unemployment?

    • kathy says:

      A severance package in general does not exclude you entirely from unemployment, but you would have to contact your local unemployment office to find out if it has any impact (maybe your benefit amount is adjusted, maybe you do not open a claim until a certain time, etc.)

  24. Terri Pagani says:

    apply for unemployment

  25. Bethany N. Barfield says:

    I have been employed at Cornerstone Services Inc. in Joliet,IL for five years and 9 months. I quit my job and I moved to Houston,Tx and I’m currently looking for work, but in the meantime, will I be eligible for unemployment?

  26. Lori Leahy says:

    Our department was recently eliminated and my last day of work is September 27. When can I file for unemployment?

  27. Luis Borges says:

    I’ve just finished the survey and when I clicked continue appeared this:
    XML Parsing Error: mismatched tag. Expected: .
    Location: https://benefits.ides.illinois.gov/File4UI/Benefits/claims/viewClaimSummaryStart.do
    Line Number 2436, Column 3:

    –^
    Therefore, I don’t know whether or nor is complete.

    Thank you

    • kathy says:

      This is not the unemployment office – it is a public website – please do not post personal information. Can you check the status of your claim on the website? Are you able to retry claiming benefits? Call your local office as soon as possible.

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