Layoff Assistance for Employers

WARN Reporting and Services

The ​Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Local Workforce Innovation Areas (LWIAs) provide services to employers in Illinois who are planning or have gone through a layoff. Layoffs can be reported by individuals, employers, DCEO, and LWIAs.​

The Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires applicable employers to provide advanced notification of a plant closure or mass layoff.​ Refer to the Resources section for information about Illinois WARN Requirements and Procedures​.

The State Dislocated Worker Unit will contact an employer upon submission of the WARN correspondence to coordinate Rapid Response workshops to inform workers and employers about employment and retraining services designed to help impacted workers retain employment when feasible or obtain re-employment as soon as possible. Employers can include an alternative contact in the WARN correspondence to coordinate Rapid Response services if applicable.

Coming Soon - Submit an online WARN!

Rapid Response Services
No employer wants to experience laying off employees​; however, as layoffs occur, inviting the State's Dislocated Worker Unit to meet with affected workers before the layoff allows employees to access services and programs to help them through this difficult time.​

Rapid Response Services are available at no cost to employers undergoing employee layoffs. The Rapid Response team coordinates with the employer to inform workers about benefits and services​ available during their career transition. Visit Layoff Assistance for Workers for more information about services for individuals.​

The State of Illinois also provides services to businesses to assist in averting layoffs, including:

Contact a Regional Manager (listed on the right) for assistance coordinating Rapid Response Services or use the Map to locate a regional state representative.
Submit a WARN
WARN correspondence should be submitted by email. If you cannot submit via email, the notice should be mailed to the Illinois Office of Employment & Training.
By Email:

By Mail:
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Office of Employment & Training 
Attention: John Ray 
1011 South Second Street 
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone Office: (217) 299-2815

Illinois Rapid Response Regional Contacts
Kelly Lapetino, Northern Regional Manager
Annamarie Dorr, Central Regional Manager
Bryan Ellis, Southern Regional Manager

Contact DCEO Media Relations Director​
Email Emily Bolton (

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