Department of Commerce OET Intro
Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership: Workforce Services for Dislocated Workers
US Department of Labor: Employee Benefits Security Administration
Illinois Department of Employment Security: Unemployment Insurance Benefits Overview
CCWP Laid Off Workers Manual
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Is there a deadline to file for UI; Can I still file after a month?No deadline, but you do not get paid retroactively. If you wait a month, you lose a month’s Unemployment Insurance benefits. Here is the answer if we change your question to waiting two weeks to file: The claim begins the Sunday of the week in which you file. So, if you wait two weeks, the claim will begin two weeks later, on the Sunday of the week in which you file for benefits. If you file on Wednesday, the claim begins 3 days prior on Sunday.
What will happen if I go on vacation for 2 weeks? Should I apply before or after vacation?If you go on vacation once you have filed, a possible availability issue could arise. One of the criteria to receive benefits is; you must be able, available and actively seeking work. Are you seeking work while on vacation? Have you submitted resumes for employment during this time? In order to avoid this dilemma, an individual can file his/her claim after they have returned from vacation.
Are benefits paid weekly but certification takes place every 2 weeks?Every two weeks you get a check for two weeks of benefits, after the first week, called the waiting week. You do not lose the money for the first week, as it is added to the end of the payments. If you signed up for direct deposit, you could expect the deposit in about 2 business days after you certify. And yes, you certify every two weeks.
What is the extension period for UI beyond 26 weeks due to COVID-19?13 weeks, for a PEUC (Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation) Claim. If the claimant is placed on an EB Extension (State Extended Benefits Claim), it is currently 13 weeks.
If I receive furlough pay substantially below my regular pay, am I considered underemployed for UI eligibility?Generally yes, however it would depend on what your weekly benefit amount is.
When will the extra $600/week COVID-19 UI supplemental pay end?The supplemental payment is scheduled to expire on 7/25/20.
Who is eligible for the extra $600/week?Anyone receiving at least $1 in UI benefits, regardless of the claim category in which it is received.
USDOL Retirement and Health Care Coverage Q&A
What Every Worker Should Know
How to File Your Claim Online
How to File Claim Online Appendix
I Filed My Claim What Happens Now?
IJL JobSeeker Brochure
IDES Work Search Record
USDOL Retirement and Health Care Coverage Q&A (Spanish)
What Every Worker Should Know (Spanish)
I Filed My Claim What Happens Now? (Spanish)
IJL JobSeeker Brochure (Spanish)
Information for Individuals Affected by COVID-19
IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Visit the IDES website on COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits for more information. To submit a Unemployment Insurance claim online click here. For additional information and resources for Individuals Affected by COVID-19 check out this Illinois workNet Article here.Layoff Assistance Questionnaire
If your are interested in additional layoff assistance , please click Start your Survey to complete this survey. At the end of the survey you have the option of selecting to be contacted by your local workforce area for further assistance.Create Your Resume on Illiniois JobLink
Part of the UI Registration process is that you are required to create a resume in Illinois JobLink. Please visit Illinois JobLink to get started.Virtual Job Fairs (VJF)
If you are interested in attending virtual job fairs to connect with employers and learn about their current opportunities be sure to check out the Illinois workNet Virtual Job Fairs page. You can browse a listing of all active employer booths to learn more about the company, see what job opportunities they have, find employer contact info, and more. Additionally, you can find and register for upcoming Virtual Job Fairs or review recordings of past Virtual Job Fairs. Layoff Assistance Videos
Watch the Layoff Assistance Videos to learn about short-term recovery assistance programs available to you.