Illinois Unemployment Extension

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:

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

Under federal law, as of 2018, EUC benefits are no longer available.

Extensions for collecting UI payments are in effect only during periods of high unemployment and only if the state or federal government take specific action to provide extended benefits.


  1. Need to contact Mitch McConnell since the House has passed over 200 bills and they are all just sitting on Mitch’s desk so they can claim that the House has done nothing when in truth, Mitch has not done anything good for this Country for a very long time.

  2. Are there any extensions in EUC? If not, any suggestions on how to survive off just my husband paycheck while I still search for a job and we have 2 small kids? Thanks.

    1. Linda,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

      1. Thanks! One last question, if I haven’t found a job that was close to my pay of my previous position, would I be able to collect unemployment again at any certain time? I am offered a seasonal position but it is no where close to what I was making.

  3. congress and whoever else is over approving unemployment extensions needs to get off of their high horses and approve the extension for year 2019 in Illinois. They sit in these offices making decisions for everyone else while at the same time, they can pay their rents, buy food, etc. it does not make sense that we work some many years; but can only claim benefits for 26 weeks, and nothing after that; when they have no problem taking money from our checks when we’re working, the system is really messed up, the people that’s making decisions for others has no compassion, no concern, except to line their own pockets and their families. it’s a shame these people get to make decisions and stay in office for years.

    1. Tim,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

    1. The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

    2. My benefits have run out. I have worked for 28 years with only having 8 weeks out of work because the company I was employed at moved out of the area. Only 26 weeks of unemployed was offered which is nothing in comparison to a steady income. Now I am back in the same situation. Not happy that the state of Illinois finds it more important to incarcerate the community rather than employ the community. We are living below our means as best as we can but the rich keeps getting rich and poor remains poor! The state of Illinois does not want to educate or train you properly for a specific job. No I am not happy that unemployment will not be extended. It’s our money and we want it now.

      1. Terese,

        I can understand your situation. At times, extended benefits may be available. Please call the Claims Center for further inquiry.

    1. The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  4. I applied for benefits May of 2016, got it for 1 check and went back to work until January of 2017,at which time they told me I was just being placed back with my original claim. My benefits run out this month am I eligible to reapply because I worked another 7 months after my claim had already been approved?

  5. I have been unemployed since January 2016. My last unemployment check was in June 2016,
    I am still unemployed in May 2017. Can I reapply for unemployment benefits since this is a new year and my initial 6 months of unemployment compensation was claimed and payed in 2016. It has been nearly a year since my last unemployment check. Lastly, are there EUC benefits available if i can not receive unemployment compensation for the newest benefit period of 2017 in which I received no payments at all?

    1. As far as I am aware, Unemployment Insurance benefits are not revolving in nature. You will only be able to apply for it once.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  6. Is it true that as long as the Illinois UE rate is lower than the national rate there is no chance of an extension?

    1. The Jobless rate in your state is higher than the national average. I am not aware of the existence of state-sponsored extension.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  7. 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.

  8. 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,

    1. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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???

  12. 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???!!!

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

    2. 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.

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