Rapid Response Layoff Reporting & Services

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The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity  and Local Workforce Innovation Areas (LWIAs) provide services to employers in the state of Illinois who are planning or have gone through a layoff. Along with providing services, they, along with individuals and employers, have the ability to report layoffs in Illinois.

Rapid Response is a federal service strategy which coordinates services with an employer and employee representative(s) to maximize efforts and avert a planned layoff and/or minimize disruption for individuals and communities in dislocation events. Information is included on this page to learn about:

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Rapid Response Services

Rapid Response Services are available to employers in the case of a permanent closure or mass layoff at a plant, facility, or enterprise, or a natural or other disaster, that results in mass job dislocation. The State Dislocated Worker Unit coordinates with the employers to provide on-site information to workers and employers about employment and retraining services designed to help participants retain employment when feasible, or obtain re-employment as soon as possible.

​​These services for employers and workers include:

  • Labor market information (occupational information and economic trends).
  • Job search and placement assistance.
  • On-the-job training.
  • Customized training.
  • Incumbent worker training.
  • Registered apprenticeships (RA).
  • Classroom training.
  • Online Training – Steps to Success.
  • Entrepreneurial training.
  • Referral to basic and remedial education.
  • Support Programs and Facilities.
  • Career Transition Services.
  • Local Out Service Groups.

Employers and individuals can contact their local Illinois workNet Center for detailed information on the services available.

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Materials

Downloads
  • Customized Training Flyer (PDF)
  • Incumbent Worker Training Flyer (PDF)
  • On-the-Job Training Flyer (PDF)
  • WIOA Dislocated Workers Services Flyer (PDF)

 

FAQs

 
The Northern and Southern Workforce Development Staff listed below cannot assist laid-off workers with signing up for unemployment benefits related inquires. 

Use the contact information below to receive assistance with unemployment benefits:
  • To file an Unemployment Insurance claim, visit www.ides.illinois.gov 
  • If you have questions about Unemployment Insurance, please call the Customer Service Center at 800-244-5631 or 866-488-4016 TTY
  • To certify for Unemployment Insurance benefits, visit www.ides.illinois.gov or call Tele-Serve at 312-338-4337 Mon Fri 5:00AM - 7:30PM

On 3/26 IDES announced that it was taking steps to address the unprecedented volume of unemployment claims. More information on how IDES has improved the unemployment benefit claims process can be found in this News Release

Northern Workforce Dev Region Contacts

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Contact Information for the Northern Workforce Development Region:

Tom Mraz (WIOA and Trade)

Office: (312) 793-9701
Cell: (312) 720-0548
Email: Thomas.Mraz@illinois.gov

County Covered: Cook
LWIA Covered: 7

Ronald Johnson (WIOA)

Office: (312) 793-0551
Cell: (312) 497-3042
Email: Ronald.Johnson@illinois.gov

Counties Covered: Boone, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Stephenson, and Winnebago
LWIAs Covered: 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6

Carmela Wimberly (WIOA and Trade)

Cell: (312) 835-2734
Email: Carmela.Wimberly@illinois.gov

Counties Covered: Grundy, Kankakee, Livingston, and Will
LWIAs Covered: 10 and 11

Martha McDermott (WIOA)

Office:(217) 557-5560
Cell: (312) 550-4225
Email: Martha.McDermott@illinois.gov 

Counties Covered: Bureau, Caroll,  Henry, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Mercer, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, and Whiteside
LWIAs Covered: 4 and 13



Southern Workforce Dev Region Contacts

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Contact Information for the Southern Workforce Development Region:

Greg Brown (WIOA/Trade)

Office: (618) 993-7625
Cell: (618) 440-0079
Email: Gregory.Brown@illinois.gov 

Counties Covered: Alexander, Bond, Clinton, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Madison, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson,
LWIAs Covered: 22, 24, 25, and 26

Martha McDermott (WIOA/Trade)

Office:(217) 557-5560
Cell: (312) 550-4225
Email: Martha.McDermott@illinois.gov 

Counties Covered: Cass, Calhoun, Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jasper, Jersey, Lawrence, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Marion, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Richland, Sangamon, Scott, and Shelby
LWIAs Covered: 19, 20, 21, and 23

Tony DeAssuncao (WIOA/Trade)

Office: (217) 558-2447
Email: Tony.DeAssuncao@illinois.gov

Counties Covered: Adams, Brown, Champaign, Ford, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Iroquois,  Knox, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McLean, Piatt, Peoria, Pike, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, Vermillion, Warren, and Woodford
LWIAs Covered: 14, 15, 17, and 18