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Filing for Illinois Unemployment Insurance
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) now offers an online process for filing Unemployment Insurance claims. This online service helps you to learn:
  • How to apply online for Unemployment Insurance claims,
  • When you should apply,
  • What you need to file online, and
  • How to figure out weekly benefit amounts.

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IDES: Unemployment Security Website (link opens in a new window)

Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a state-operated insurance program through IDES that can partially replace lost wages when you are out of work.


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