WARN Reporting & Services

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

The Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) requires applicable employers to provide advanced notification of a plant closure or mass layoff. This section provides details on the law and how to comply with it. Visit this page to find:

  • State WARN Definitions.
  • How to Submit a WARN.
  • Illinois WARN Contracts.
  • WARN Downloads.

You can view WARN layoff data by visiting the WARN Layoff Search page:


WARN Layoff

The Illinois WARN Law differs from the Federal WARN Act. Illinois WARN requirement differences are as followed:

Applies to employers with 75 or more full-time workers.

Definition of “Mass Layoff” triggering notice requirements:

  • 25 or more full-time employees are laid off and they constitute one-third or more of the full-time employees at the site, or

  • 250 or more full-time employees are laid off at a single site.

Definition of “Plant Closure” triggering notice requirements:

  • Closure of a site that employs 50 or more employees.

Another important difference is in the enforcement of the Act. Under federal WARN, neither the federal government nor the state may initiate actions for alleged non-compliance. Only employees and local government officials may initiate action in federal court.

The Illinois WARN Law maintains that the Director of the Illinois Department of Labor is to make rules with “provisions that allow the parties access to administrative hearings for any actions of the Department under the Act.” Furthermore, in “any investigation or proceeding under this Act,” the Director has authority to “examine the books and records of an employer” in order to determine whether a violation of this Act has occurred.” 

Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.

Submit a WARN Notice
Notice should be submitted by email. If you are unable to submit via email, the notice should be mailed to Illinois’ Dislocated Worker Division:
Please state in your notice if the layoff is a direct result of the impact the COVID-19 outbreak has had on your business.
By Email:
John Ray (john.ray@illinois.gov)
Office: 217.558.2432

By Mail:
Office of Employment and Training
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

What the notice must contain:

  • Name and address of the employment site(s) where the plant is closing, or a mass layoff will occur.
  • A statement to the effect of whether the planned action is expected to be permanent or temporary and if the entire plant is to be closed.
  • Expected date of the first separation, and the anticipated schedule for making separations.
  • Job titles of positions to be affected, and the number of affected employees in each job classification (for multiple sites list per site).
  • A statement as to the existence of any applicable bumping rights.
  • Name of each union representing affected employees, and the name and address of the chief elected officer of each union. If none, please state.
  • Name and telephone number of a company official to contact for further information.

(Please include the employer's federal identification number, or FEIN, for the dislocating company on WARN correspondence.)

Illinois WARN Complaints

To file a complaint regarding the Illinois WARN Act, please contact:
Illinois Department of Labor
Conciliation & Mediation Division
900 S. Spring
Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 782.1710

Filing a WARN Notice or Illinois WARN Complaint (PDF).

The Business Economic Support Act (BESA)

In the State of Illinois, Public Act 87-130 Section 15 states any business or industry is “required to provide notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and receiving State or local economic development incentives for doing or continuing to do business in this State, in addition to the notice required under federal law, shall also provide at the same time a copy of that federal notice to the Governor, the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, the President and Minority Leader of the Senate, and the Mayor of each municipality where the private entity has locations in this State.” Review BESA and the WARN Employer Guide (PDF).

IL WARN Contacts

For more information on WARN reports and the WARN Act, contact the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Bureau of 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

Kelly Lapetino
Northern Illinois

Annamarie Dorr 
Central Illinois

Bryan Ellis 
Southern Illinois

Reporters, please contact:

Lauren Huffman, Deputy Director of Media Relations at lauren.huffman@illinois.gov