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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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    Extended Unemployment Insurance Benefits

    IDES Website The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) may offer additional weeks of emergency employment compensation (EUC). To learn more about emergency employment compensation and filing an extended benefits claim visit the IDES External link opens in a new window website. 

  • Governor Quinn Announces Extended Unemployment Benefits

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    Federal Recovery funding provides 13 more weeks of unemployment benefits

    CHICAGO – April 16, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) will fund an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance for Illinois unemployed workers who otherwise would have exhausted their benefits.

    “The proud workers of Illinois deserve this additional help to weather the storm of this deep national recession,” said Governor Quinn. “We need to do more than just extend unemployment benefits – we need to pass legislation to put the people of Illinois back to work. Two weeks ago I signed the Jump Start Capital Plan to start projects that put people to work; now I am working with the General Assembly to pass the rest of the Illinois Jobs Now! plan which will support 340,000 jobs.”
    The Extended Benefits Program provides up to 13 additional weeks of unemployment insurance to workers who have exhausted their 26 weeks of benefits through the state and the additional 33 weeks provided through federal emergency extensions approved by Congress. Without the Extended Benefits Program, Illinois workers who exhausted their regular and emergency benefits would no longer receive unemployment benefits through IDES.

    With extended benefits come additional federal requirements. In order to qualify for extended benefits, claimants must document their job search, which must generally include at least five personal contacts with prospective employers each week and three work applications each week. Those eligible for extended benefits will receive more detail in the mail and do not need to contact the department. Details are also available at http:// www. ides. illinois. gov/ External link opens in a new window

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