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:


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.

Unemployment Insurance:
Illinois' unemployment insurance program is managed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. To apply for unemployment insurance, please visit ides.illinois.gov/unemployment.



  • Rapid Response Team Map (PDF)
  • Customized Training Flyer (PDF)
  • Incumbent Worker Training Flyer (PDF)
  • On-the-Job Training Flyer (PDF)
  • WIOA Dislocated Workers Services Flyer (PDF)



Northern Workforce Dev Region Contacts

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

Carmind Burns (WIOA/Trade)
Phone: (312) 533-1823
Email: Carmind.Burns@illinois.gov

County Covered: Boone, Lake, McHenry, Stephenson, & Winnebago
LWIA Covered: 1, 2, & 3

Carmela Wimberly (WIOA/Trade)
Phone: (312) 835-2734
Email: Carmela.Wimberly@illinois.gov

Counties Covered: DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Livingston, & Will
LWIAs Covered: 5, 6, 10, & 11

Ronald Johnson (WIOA/Trade)
Phone: (312) 497-3042
Email: Ronald.Johnson@illinois.gov

Counties Covered: Cook
LWIAs Covered: 7

Central Workforce Dev Region Contacts

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

Levi Beerup (WIOA/Trade)
Phone: (217) 670-9590
Email: Levi.Beerup@illinois.gov

Counties Covered: Bureau, Carroll, Fulton, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Ogle, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell, Whiteside, & Woodford.
LWIAs Covered: 4 & 15

Kristen Norvell (WIOA/Trade)
Phone: (217) 670-9351
Email: Kristen.Norvell@illinois.gov

Counties Covered: Adams, Brown, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Knox, McDonough, Mercer, Pike, Rock Island, Schuyler, & Warren
LWIAs Covered: 13 & 14

Tony DeAssuncao (WIOA/Trade)
Office: (217) 685-2216
Email: Tony.DeAssuncao@illinois.gov

Counties Covered: Champaign, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, Piatt, & Vermillion
LWIAs Covered: 17 & 18

Trevor Lawson (WIOA/Trade)
Phone: (217) 670-9892
Email: Trevor.Lawson@illinois.gov

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

Southern Workforce Dev Region Contacts

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

Chelsea Qualls (WIOA/Trade)

Phone: (618) 969-2063

Email: Chelsea.Qualls@illinois.gov

Counties Covered: Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington

LWIAs Covered: 22 & 24

Robin Kralman (WIOA/Trade)

Phone: (618) 301-2194

Email: Robin.Kralman@illinois.gov

Counties Covered: Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Williamson

LWIAs Covered: 25

Elizabeth Shew (WIOA/Trade)

Phone: (618) 969-2126

Email: Elizabeth.Shew@illinois.gov

Counties Covered: Alexander, Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White

LWIAs Covered: 26