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How to Begin Collecting Unemployment Benefits in Illinois

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If you experience the loss of your job in Illinois due to circumstances beyond your control, and you are not at fault, you will most likely qualify to begin collecting unemployment benefits providing you meet prior employment eligibility requirements.

Illinois Unemployment Eligibility Requirements Depend Upon:

  • Previous amounts earned for the base period
  • Loss of your job due to circumstances beyond your control such as a lay off or reduction of force by your employer
  • You must be willing to work, available for work, and able to work

How to File for Unemployment Benefits

To begin collecting unemployment benefits in Illinois:

  • You can file for unemployment benefits online at www.ides.state.il.us,
  • Or you can go to your local unemployment IDES office, which can be located online at www.ides.state.il.us/worknet by entering your current zip code – many people prefer visiting their local office in person due to questions that may arise during the process of filling out the paperwork.
  • Submit the completed paperwork.
  • IDES will mail you a letter with a certification date.  You must fulfill the requirements stated in the letter, which include your job search requirements, and answer all questions concerning monies received.  Typically, you are able to file each weeks request for benefits using your home computer, or the computers provided by IDES, or you can also file your weekly request for benefits by phone.  Be sure to file for each week’s benefits within the allotted timeframe to ensure you remain eligible.
  • Keep a carefully delineated list of your job searches on the form provided by IDES.  IDES makes random requests for submission of job searches.

Illinois Employment Law for Employees

If you have been denied unemployment benefits, you need to contact Goldman & Ehrlich to discuss an appeals process. We can help you receive the benefits you need.