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.
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
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.