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Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)

Emergency Unemployment Compensation is a program that provides federally funded extended unemployment compensation benefits. The EUC Program has been extended and modified since its enactment on June 30, 2008. The most recent extension to the EUC Program became effective January 06, 2013, extending the program through December 28, 2013. These benefits change from one state to another as it is dependent on the unemployment rate of the state. The unemployment rate of Illinois as of January, 2013 is 9.0%.

Benefits under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program are payable to individuals who:

  • Have exhausted all weeks payable under the Regular Unemployment Insurance Compensation Program and
  • Continue to meet all applicable eligibility requirements.

Currently, an individual may be eligible to receive up to a maximum of 37 paid weeks under the EUC program. Eligibility requirements are applicable.

EUC Tiers

The number of weeks stated below applies to claimants who have no deductions or reductions of their weekly benefit amount payments.
An individual must exhaust the number of payable weeks available in one Tier before collecting benefits on the next Tier.

The payable weeks are divided into multiple EUC Tiers as follows:

EUC TIERS  WEEKS AVAILABLE
Tier 1 14 weeks
Tier 2 14 weeks
Tier 3 9 weeks

When the EUC claim has been established, you will receive a Notice from IDES regarding the EUC claim. Along with the notice, you will also receive a packet with instructions on when to report to your local office for Reemployment Services/Reemployment Eligibility Assessment Program. Participation in this assessment is required to determine your continued eligibility for EUC benefits.
The packet will also provide you with information on the requirements to remain eligible for EUC benefits.

Extended Benefits (EB) – Program Ended

This program is no longer available in the state of Illinois.
The week ending May 12, 2012, was the last week payable on Extended Benefits (EB).

Know more about unemployment benefit extension here.

Questions & Answers

  1. bob says:

    just like ss the government takes money from our earnings and gives us what they feel we need to live on like the days of the monarches and the serfs. what we need is a government that supports us with our dollars given and quite supporting other countries with our dollars. are we americans or are we aliens in our America? get off of your fat political asses and help the people who are supporting our system pass the dam 2014 extension already.

  2. Donald theodore says:

    I lost my benefits after only 6 months on it and not have not had any income since December 2013, Are there any programs that can assist me. I cant seen to get any answers from the IDES office,

    • Adrian says:

      Please call the labor dept in your state to inquire.

      The emergency unemployment compensation(E.U.C) program sponsored by the federal govt. remains expired.

  3. john b says:

    I recently lost my job in November. My benefits were supposed to be for one year. When I got my deposit today it was for one week only and it is saying my balance is $0.. how is this possible

  4. Tim says:

    Many people in Illinois are still unemployed
    But yet the government sends billions in aid to other countries while the good people here in this country suffer

  5. Rose says:

    was Extension passed for 2014????

  6. John says:

    I live in Wisconsin but was employed in Ill I was told I have exhausted all money in my account But I am eligable to receive emergency funds when will this happen???

  7. viane says:

    whtheyu sent me a letter sayin my emergency extension end 6/23/2014… then says my money is exhausted .. $00.00 what does that mean???!!!

  8. Jen says:

    Should we still certify in case they back pay?

  9. scott krause says:

    When will extensions be available again?

    • Adrian says:

      The extension needs to be approved by the congress which looks like, is being debated.Watch out for news relating to this.

    • Steve says:

      The Senate has stalled the extension because they cannot agree. And, they are going on vacation for over a week. It may not pass and if it does it could be a while.

  10. Melissa Brown says:

    Do I need to request EUC or will a form come to me automatically?

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